Dozens of travellers’ vans have pitched up on Hove Lawns despite the site having special protection in law from “unauthorised encampments”.
The arrival of so many vehicles comes shortly after a member of Brighton and Hove City Council said recently that there were no such camps locally.
The credit was given to the introduction of “public space protection orders”.
These are supposed to protect sensitive sites for the public, such as the cemetery in Woodingdean which was also recently the site of a travellers’ camp.
The latest incursion – on Hove seafront -happened today (Saturday 31 August), starting at lunchtime.
There were reports of about 50 cars, vans and caravans.
Neighbours complained that the police and council had not communicated any intention of upholding the law and protecting public access.
Meanwhile there have also been complaints about traders blocking pavements in Sydney Street, Brighton, while council officials turn a blind eye.
The issue particularly affects wheelchair users, people with mobility problems and impaired vision.
Much has been made at council committee meetings about the rights if protected minorities.
A former Brighton and Hove City Council official joined an exchange on social media highlighting the rules, solutions and longstanding nature of minimal enforcement.
others have been critical of the response to the screening off of part of Brighton Square in The Lanes by a new restaurant called Coppa Club.
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