The ruling Greens are being asked to make their position clear on travellers as four sites in Brighton and Hove are occupied without permission.
The request comes from the Conservative opposition leader on Brighton and Hove City Council Geoffrey Theobald.
Councillor Theobald said that he was seeking greater clarity from the Greens after the emergency meeting last Friday (20 May) to decide whether t evict a group from Woollard’s Field inflamer.
The Green group voted overwhelmingly to evict the travellers from the site The Keep, the proposed archive for East Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove.
Councillor Theobald said that the Green councillors made their decision despite an early day motion in the House of Commons by the party leader and Green MP for Brighton Pavilion Caroline Lucas.
The motion called for traveller encampments to be tolerated if suitable permanent sites were not available.
Councillor Theobald said that he welcomed the apparent u-turn by Green councillors and added: “I think we need a bit of clarity and consistency from the Green Party on this issue.
“I am pleased that the encampment will be moved on from Woollard’s Field but there are also further unlawful encampments at East Brighton Park, Stanley Deason Leisure Centre and Wild Park.
“Residents will want to know what their position is on these sites and whether the encampments will be tolerated.
“I am very concerned that the mixed messages being sent out by the Green administration will simply lead to many more travellers coming down to Brighton and Hove.”
He added: “If they have to hold an emergency meeting every time there is an unlawful traveller encampment in the city then they are going to be spending an awful lot of time in meetings.”
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