Patcham councillors critical after evicted travellers move half a mile

Posted On 01 Jul 2013 at 7:54 pm

Two Brighton councillors have criticised the handling of the eviction of a group of travellers.

The Patcham ward councillors called for the group of about 50 vehicles to be moved off the playing fields at Braypool immediately.

Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, who is also the leader of the opposition Conservative group on Brighton and Hove City Council, said that he wanted Sussex Police to act.

He said that Braypool was a sensitive site which was used for sport and by the nearby RSPCA rescue centre as well as many local dog walkers.

About 50 caravans and other vehicles pitched up at the Braypool site on Friday (28 June) after being evicted from the playing fields at Waterhall.

Councillor Geoffrey Theobald

Councillor Geoffrey Theobald

He said that the group were not moved on over the weekend despite immediate calls from Conservatives for the council to ask the police use their powers to do so.

To make matters worse, he said, the council’s official transit site at Horsdean remains closed after months of expensive remedial works.

The site was broken into by a large group of travellers last Christmas, he said, and the Environment Agency has also been investigating the site.

The agency is looking into concerns that were raised about possible contamination of the drinking water aquifer that supplies Brighton and Hove.

Councillor Theobald said: “A number of local residents have contacted me expressing their disbelief that, once again, the police don’t seem to be taking any action against these travellers despite it being a clear case of them breaking on to land which they have no right to be on.

“Braypool flanks the main gateway into the city for many visitors and, quite frankly, it looks a complete mess with so many vehicles parked on it. They should be moved off immediately.

“I just hope they haven’t damaged the cricket pitches and I am very concerned about what will happen with upcoming fixtures scheduled for this week.”

Councillor Carol Theobald said: “When the travellers left the nearby Waterhall site, why on earth weren’t the council or the police deployed at other sensitive sites such as Braypool to prevent the travellers gaining access?

“It’s not exactly rocket science.

“If they are given the strong message that these playing fields and parks are off limits then they are much less likely to come back.”


  1. Paul - Trespasser Eviction specialist Reply

    The easiest and quickest method to removes trespassers from land is by way of Common Law and the use of private Bailiffs. This process is normally used by private land owners, councils normally use the route through the courts, obtaining possession orders under the CJPOA.

  2. Mr Smith Reply

    ohh wow the traveling community are back in brighton Wild Park in Moulsecoomb i wonder if it was money issues that mean that little preventative bump hump along Wild Park in Moulsecoomb , its going to cost the council a lot more now to remove them / clear up after the travelers have gone ..

  3. anonymous Reply

    Wild park to …. Stanmer park … where next why dont they like stopping in Lewes ?

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