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.