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Action Taken On Travellers

11th September 2018
News, Ashfield
Ashfield Council Leader Councillor Jason Zadrozny has thrown the full weight of Ashfield District Council behind measures to move on the latest traveller's encampment. 
 
Residents inundated Councillor Zadrozny, who represents the Ashfields' Division on the County Council with complaints after over a dozen caravans moved onto the recreation ground on The Twitchell, Leamington.  Councillor Zadrozny was on site immediately and the paperwork is being prepared to move them on.  This follows decisive council action to move them on over the last few weeks from Sutton Lawn, Strawberry Bank Allotments and Hardwick Lane Recreation Ground.
 
Council Leader Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council said, “This is so frustrating and we are continuing our decisive action to move them on.  They ripped up concrete posts causing hundreds of pounds worth of criminal damage.  It is disgraceful and I have already been onto the Police and asking them to look at prosecuting them.  The playing fields on The Twitchell are enormously popular with families in Leamington and Sutton.  I will not tolerate our open spaces being invaded like this with associated problems."
 
Councillor Zadrozny says that the Council are doing everything possible to move the travellers on.  He said, "As soon as we were alerted to traveller's encampment - we started the process that will lead to their eviction.  We are currently working with Nottinghamshire Police to make sure that my complaint of criminal damage is dealt with.  Ashfield District Council provides facilities for travellers, they are avail for them but instead they choose to criminally break onto our parks and open spaces."
 
Councillor Zadrozny continued, "I am been made aware of a number of threats being made to the travellers.  I would ask that people don't approach them and report any concerns to Ashfield District Council's  Private Sector Enforcement team on 01623 457345 or email privatesectorenforcement@ashfield.gov.uk."
 
Councillor Zadrozny has also called for stronger action from the Government.  He said, "Whilst a vast majority of the travelling community are law abiding - many aren't.  In Ireland, illegal trespass is a criminal offence and we need to strengthen the law here to protect residents. I have written to the Government making these points and pointing out the cost to public services of their failure to act."
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