Travellers At Broadstreet Common

20/07/2020

As you may know Travellers occupying the Aldershot Road site next to Cricketers Pub, left last Sunday before a Court Order requested by Surrey County Council was obtained. The area has been cleared, at a cost to Council Taxpayers of over £20,000 (in addition to the other £30,000 of costs on the other side of the Common so over £50,000 total).

There was a site meeting this morning (22nd July 2020) on Broad Street Common, with officers from Surrey County Council - Countryside Estate, Rights of Way, Enforcement and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS). The Clerk to Worplesdon Parish Council also attended to give local input (thank you to Gaynor White). 

The purpose of the meeting was to further assess potential access points onto the common following the most recent Unauthorised Travelller Encampments and to ensure that by installing additional concrete blocks it will not create an issue for Surrey Fire and Rescue.Following the site visit it was agreed to install additional concrete blocks, this afternoon, at six further locations. 

Surrey County Council will also be looking at more permanent solutions. Various options are being considered including: the introduction of chicanes, ditches and bunds. The Travellers cut the metal gate beside the entrance to The Cricketers pub, so metal gates are considered by SCC to be inappropriate as a form of deterrent.Surrey County Council will continue to work with Worplesdon Parish Council in a bid to reduce the number of traveller encampments in the parish. 

Finally, if you have not yet written to your Member of Parliament to support a change in the law to make traveller encampments Criminal Trespass, PLEASE do so.  Cllr Keith Witham.