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Ealing Common travellers: Residents slam council's efforts to prevent groups from returning after two camps set up in one week

The travellers at Ealing Common have now dispersed but caravans have been set up in Cleveland Park

Travellers initially set up in Ealing Common on Sunday (July 23)(Image: Reem Sarraf)

Angered residents have slammed Ealing Council's efforts to prevent travellers from returning to the area after caravans moved onto Ealing Common two times in one week.

A group of travellers set up in the public park on Monday (August 1), less than one week after caravans moved away from the area on July 25.

Dubbed an “absolute nuisance” by local residents, the most recent camp at Ealing Common had dispersed by Wednesday (August 2) after being served notices by the council.

However, a spokesman for Ealing Council confirmed on Thursday (August 3) that a group of travellers have set up in Cleveland Park, West Ealing.

The spokesman said Metropolitan Police and council officers visited the encampment at around 9am to carry out checks they are legally obliged to perform before they can serve notices.

Travellers set up in Cleveland Park on August 2(Image: Google Maps)

After the group left Ealing Common, a spokesman for the council said it is working hard to ensure the number of camps targeting Ealing is minimalised.

“The unauthorised encampment at Ealing Common has now been dispersed,” he said.

“The council works with the police to take strong and immediate action against illegal encampments in the borough."

He added: “We visited this site and carried out the checks and assessments the council is legally obliged to before serving the encampment with a direction to leave, under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.

"Any failure to comply with this would have seen the council seek a removal order from magistrates court.

“There has been an increase in the number of unauthorised encampments nationally and the council is working hard to ensure the duration of such camps appearing in the borough is minimised.”

Notices have been served to the travellers at Ealing Common

When the group set up initially on July 23, Reem Sarraf, of Ealing Common, called the group an “absolute nuisance” and said more needed to be done to stop travellers targeting the area.

“This is probably their sixth visit this year, and when the council takes action they are back after a few months,” she said.

“More needs to be done to stop them repeatedly returning – an option is to put bollards up, or put a law in place where it is illegal to camp in public parks.”

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