Council evicts travellers from Ditchling Road encampment

Travellers were evicted from public land after a judge ordered them to leave.

A group of caravans left land next to Ditchling Road on Wednesday morning after Brighton and Hove City Council won a possession hearing in the county court.

A council spokesman said the travellers had not been moved on to a “designated location”.

The local authority also announced it had won another injunction relating to an unauthorised encampment of lived-in vehicles on land at Wild Park, Brighton.


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A spokesman said: “We have visited this site with the police. We will now look to effect an eviction as soon as possible.”

Council workers also visited traveller camps at Stanmer Park and Wilson Avenue with police this week.

A spokesman said: “We will be carrying out a joint community impact assessment in order to determine the most appropriate course of action.

“Nomadic life is not illegal, and travellers have a basic right to this way of life.

“The council recognises that this has to be balanced with the rights of the general public to enjoy private and public land.”

For up to date information on traveller encampments in Brighton and Hove, visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/ housing/travellers.

To contact the Traveller Liaison Team, call 01273 292044 or email travellers@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

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