Travellers ordered to leave common

Published: Tuesday 31st May 11

A group of travellers who have set up camp on Tooting Common have been given 48 hours to leave or else face prosecution and risk having their vehicles towed away.

The travellers were today (Tuesday) served with notices requiring them to vacate the common on Thursday. Failure to meet this deadline could render them liable to court action.

Camping overnight on any part of Tooting Common, without prior authorisation from the council, is a criminal offence under parks and open spaces byelaws.

The council also has powers to physically remove any person, and their belongings, including vehicles, if they do not comply with the byelaws.

Environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: "Our officers are working closely with the police to deal with this situation as swiftly as possible.  Local people can rest assured their stay will be very short and the camp will not get any bigger."

Residents who witness any incident involving travellers on council managed land are being urged to contact the town hall's emergency response team on (020) 8871 6900.

This is a 24 hour service. Occupations of other land should be reported immediately to the police.

The council provides an approved travellers site in Trewint Street, Earlsfield.

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Are the travellers still there or have they been removed / gone? I know nothing about the Parks Police being disbanded - why on earth would the council want to do this? Surely cost savings could be made elsewhere?
Craig Simpson

2 June 2011

Presumably it is Parks Police, who the Council is trying to get rid of, who have been involved in removing the travellers? If so, why are they not being given credit where credit is due so that the public in Wandsworth know about how hard they work to keep our Commons and parks safe and usable for all.

2 June 2011

Funny to see that the Council Press Release fails to mention the Councils own Parks Police who have benn dealing with the incident. Is the council afraid that it might have to give its own officers good press, just before the meeting to disband the Parks Police. Think again if you think the Met are or will be interested in dealing with this sort of incident.
Phil Lee

31 May 2011