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Plans to protect parks and pitches in Brighton and Hove
10:00am Thursday 25th October 2012 in News
Sensitive open spaces could be protected under plans to be discussed by councillors.
A number of sports fixtures and recreational activities have been disrupted in Brighton and Hove this year after unauthorised traveller encampments set up in parks and pitches.
To combat the issue, Conservative members on Brighton and Hove City Council have proposed a list of sensitive sites is drawn up with police.
If any encampment moves onto any of this land, the Tories want the group to be evicted immediately, whether or not any damage or antisocial behaviour has occurred.
Conservative group leader Geoffrey Theobald said: “All we are asking is that sites which are used by the public for recreation, sport and leisure activities are given proper protection.
“If it is not possible to physically secure the sites then the police should use the powers that they have to immediately move travellers off when an incursion occurs.”
The issue will be discussed at a meeting of full council in Hove Town Hall from 4.30pm today (October 25).
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