Travellers must leave Tooting Common car park or face prosecution

Published: Wednesday 23rd September 15

A group of travellers who have set up camp in a car park at Tooting Common have been told to leave by lunchtime today (Wednesday) or face prosecution and risk having their vehicles towed away.

The travellers, who arrived in the car park in Dr Johnson Avenue early this morning, have been served with notices requiring them to depart by midday today. Failure to meet this deadline could render them liable to court action. 

The travellers have been told to leave by midday today

Camping 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: “Local people can rest assured that we are taking active steps to remove this group from the car park as quickly as possible.

“They are causing great inconvenience to people who want to use the car park to visit the common but are finding that many parking spaces are taken up by very large caravans.  

“If the group does not leave by today’s deadline then they will leave themselves open to criminal prosecution under the park’s byelaws and face having their vehicles towed away.”

Residents who witness any incident involving travellers on council-owned land should call 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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