Kingston Council locks up its sites after two traveller groups pitch up on private property

Kingston Council locks up its sites after two traveller groups pitch up on private property

Kingston Council locks up its sites after two traveller groups pitch up on private property

First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy editor

Kingston Council has been put on alert and is securing all of its open spaces after two traveller groups pitched up on private property over the weekend.

Two caravans were parked on St George's industrial estate off Richmond Road, Kingston.

Another mobile home arrived in the car park of Carpet Right and Furniture Village in Kingston Road, New Malden, on Sunday evening.

Although both the incursions have occurred on private land, Kingston Council leader Kevin Davis said an email had been sent to council officials and contractors asking for all council-owned land to be secured.

Last year, a group of travellers moved onto Manor Park playing fields in New Malden through a gap in the fence, and Coun Davis said he wanted to avoid a repeat.

He said: "It is the time of year. It's is horse racing season.

"We're just trying to make sure all sites are secure."

Coun Davis said he spoke to the travellers living on St George's industrial estate and described them as "peaceable" people who said they were moving on.

The Surrey Comet visited both sites yesterday to speak to the travellers.

One woman living on the St George's industrial estate, who called herself Mrs Brown, said her family had been moved "from pillar to post" but declined to make any further comment unless the Surrey Comet paid her or bought her cigarettes.

A young woman also in the caravan said she was part of a community that spent two nights at Manor Park playing fields in New Malden last July.

She also added the family planned to leave the estate, but did not say where they were going.

In the Carpet Right and Furniture Village car park in New Malden, where one caravan is parked, a woman said the family of four only spent Sunday night there as their truck broke down.

She also said the family planned to leave that evening - and would not be staying in Kingston.

Kingston Council has been working on a development plan for traveller and gypsy communities for the past two years.

But a document examining the amount of provision the borough should provide has been delayed, according to the council's website.

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1:44pm Tue 24 Jun 14

DB says...

I love the part where the woman would not make any further comment unless the Surrey Comet bought her cigarettes! I bet that is the first time the reporter has been asked that.
I love the part where the woman would not make any further comment unless the Surrey Comet bought her cigarettes! I bet that is the first time the reporter has been asked that. DB
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3:35pm Tue 24 Jun 14

grace86 says...

My hunch is that these caravans are property developers' site offices and they've invaded our borough now that their friend & mouthpiece, Tory leader Kevin Davis, is running our borough.
My hunch is that these caravans are property developers' site offices and they've invaded our borough now that their friend & mouthpiece, Tory leader Kevin Davis, is running our borough. grace86
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1:26pm Thu 26 Jun 14

TolworthConcern says...

spot on Grace !!!! How long can this man run Kingston considering his connections .. when is the appeal on the Surbiton Filter beds Kevin ???
spot on Grace !!!! How long can this man run Kingston considering his connections .. when is the appeal on the Surbiton Filter beds Kevin ??? TolworthConcern
  • Score: 7

11:12am Fri 18 Jul 14

Truthteller77 says...

Gypsies have to wait too long for an house.
Gypsies are no allowed to buy land.
Councils will not provide for them, so where are they to go?

It's a utter shame and disgrace how the british krauts treat people! This is what happened in Germany, just prior to the Holocaust. the British appears to have fallen below the depravity line.

What's new? the brits were the first to create concentration camps and apartheid, so I should expect anything "good" from scum.
Gypsies have to wait too long for an house. Gypsies are no allowed to buy land. Councils will not provide for them, so where are they to go? It's a utter shame and disgrace how the british krauts treat people! This is what happened in Germany, just prior to the Holocaust. the British appears to have fallen below the depravity line. What's new? the brits were the first to create concentration camps and apartheid, so I should expect anything "good" from scum. Truthteller77
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