A group of volunteers helped clear up the rubbish left behind by travellers on Claygate Recreation Ground on Church Road at the weekend.

The clear up operation was organised by the Claygate Recreation Ground Trust and Elmbridge borough council.

An unauthorised encampment was evicted from the site under Section 61 by Surrey Police on Saturday August 4.

Claygate Recreation Ground was temporarily closed on Sunday while Elmbridge borough council inspected it, and it has now been reopened.

Clrr Mary Marshall tweeted: “The travellers left Claygate last night but only moved as far as Long Ditton.

“It is hardly a cause for celebration as it remains an unsolved social problem.”

After a complaint from a local resident on Twitter on Sunday, the MP Dominic Raab tweeted back: “I can well appreciate the frustration, Jackie.

“The enforcement authority lies with the police and EBC (not MPs), but I have already met with new Elmbridge Inspector, Dallas MacDermot about expediting enforcement action in the borough.”

Claygate Recreation Ground Trust advised residents to exercise caution in the park to avoid broken glass.

A review of site security of the borough’s open spaces has been commissioned with Surrey Police and Elmbridge Borough council.