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Action taken against camp in Hove valley
8:20am Sunday 24th February 2013 in News
An unauthorised camp has been cleared after 18 months.
A group of up to a dozen people were sleeping rough in woods in Benfield Valley, off Old Shoreham Road, Hove.
Brighton and Hove City Council and the Highways Agency, which owns the land, blamed each other for inaction.
But, after the issue appeared in The Argus and a petition calling for immediate enforcement was presented by locals, the camp was cleared within hours.
Simon Browne, of Benfield Way, Portslade, which backs onto the land, said: “We’re extremely pleased and just need to make sure that it does not return.”
The camp was made up of about four tents.
The council said it could not take action as it was not the landowner. The Highways Agency said because it formed part of the local road network, enforcement was the local authority’s responsibility.
Despite months of negotiations no planning enforcement notices were served.
Ward councillor Alan Robins said: “We have been working for 18 months on this.
“I just hope the people in the camp are able to find more permanent accommodation.”
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