Hove MP to host public meeting about travellers

Posted On 05 Apr 2012 at 2:17 pm

Hove Conservative MP Mike Weatherley is to hold a public meeting about plans to build a permanent travellers sitein Patcham.

Mr Weatherley will be joined by councillors at the meeting next Friday from 6pm to 8pm at Patcham Community Centre in Ladies Mile Road, Brighton.

The meeting has been called in response to proposals to build a permanent travllers site with 16 pitches next to the transit site at Horsdean, just north of the A27 Brighton bypass.

Mike Weatherley

He said that travellers took over another piece of public open space last week when they illegally occupied Greenleas Park in Hangleton.

Yet he said there were spaces available for travellers at the current site at Horsdean at the time.

He said that they had chosen to pitch up for free in the middle of a public park rather than stay at the site which is already there for them.

Mr Weatherley added: “Residents have quite frankly had enough of travellers infringing the law at their expense.

“While I am pleased that the travellers moved on, I am deeply concerned by the delayed reaction of Brighton and Hove City Council and Sussex Police on this issue.

“In future travellers should be moved on within the hour, not after days, weeks or months.”


  1. Steve Smith Reply

    Mr Weatherley is remarkably predictable. I’m sure the Council would be happy to move travellers on instantly if they had the powers, the money and the resources so to do.
    As a local MP Mr Weatherley would do better to come up with some more permanent solutions to this problem. With the huge and ever-increasing homeless population caused by the current governments policies the issues of finding places for people is going to become ever more problematic. I expect Mr W would like to move anyone who can’t afford Brighton house prices out to the fringes of the country and so secure his tenuous majority, but I don’t think we’re all going to continue to put up with his unhelpful public posturing. I for one would sooner vote for next door’s dog than him at the next opportunity.

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