Police and council to tell travellers to leave Brighton park

Posted On 12 May 2022 at 7:53 pm

A group of travellers in Preston Park is being asked to move on by Sussex Police and Brighton and Hove City Council.

About 18 caravans pitched up on Monday evening (9 May) and set up an unauthorised camp.

At the same time there were reported to be enough vacant pitches at the council’s official traveller site in St Michael’s Way, in Horsdean.

The council said: “We are aware of an unauthorised encampment of travellers in Preston Park who arrived on Monday evening.

“We have visited the encampment to discuss the situation and carry out welfare checks on everyone there.

“As this is a well-used local park, we have asked the police to use their emergency powers to move the group on.

“We will work with the police to jointly monitor the encampment and will keep the situation under review, including the request to use emergency powers.”

  1. Hove Guy Reply

    Wy bother to monitor them? They are trespassing and if anyone else were to park there illegally, they would be fined and removed instantly. Or is it just another case of political correctness? Just get rid of them, preferably to Rwanda. And let other travellers, who think they have the right to use any public park as an encampment, know that they are not welcome.

  2. Mike Beasley Reply

    I think the travellers should sue the Council. The access road to the park from Preston Drove is riddled with pot holes and highly likely to cause serious damage to a caravan axle. Come on bhcc- if you’re going to provide holiday facilities, make them up to scratch!

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