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Updates – reported Gypsy and Traveller encampments

An unauthorised site will be inspected as soon as practicable and thereafter visited daily by the Corporate Traveller Services Unit (CTSU) until its removal (whether voluntarily or via the bailiff).

Initial notification of a newly arrived encampment will be given to the local MP, local members, the clerk to the local town or parish council, the council’s corporate contact centre, press officer and the police.  Information about the status of the site will then be updated daily on this page.

During this Coronavirus emergency, the Council has implemented the following temporary plan for dealing with reports of new unauthorised encampments.  This plan shall be kept under review and shall have regard to Public Health and substantive Government advice as it emerges.

TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS FOR MANAGEMENT OF UNAUTHORISED SITES

New reports to be risk assessed remotely, consideration given to location and impact of toleration.

Sites visited only if urgent or high risk taking account of all PHE guidance on distance/hygiene.

Remote liaison with police, Streetcare, cleaning contractor as necessary

Updating stakeholders  via website as necessary.

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REPORTED UNAUTHORISED SITES

Chipping Sodbury Common

An unauthorised encampment has been reported at Chipping Sodbury Common. This encampment has now departed.

Gorse Covert Nature Reserve, Patchway

An unauthorised encampment has been reported at Gorse Covert Nature Reserve in Patchway. It is believed that the site moved from Chipping Sodbury to Patchway. This encampment has now departed.

15:00pm

29/06/2020

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HORSES AT WINTERBOURNE

We are continuing to receive reports from members of the public concerning increased horse activity around the Northwood Park site and acknowledge the level of concern that is expressed.

The continuing lockdown restrictions (to which we are all subject) has made the implementation of the usual ‘on-site’ management procedures particularly difficult.  This is unlikely to alter significantly until the Government sufficiently relaxes those restrictions. Traveller sites present a challenging environment in which to work and the present crisis has significantly increased those challenges. The Traveller Unit nevertheless continues to log and monitor all reports. There have been several liaison meetings with local police to plan a package of enforcement measures when conditions and resources permit it.

The Traveller Unit comprises a single officer working alone.  Her work and that of all of the Council’s services is significantly stretched with collective efforts concentrating on those on the front line and those who are most vulnerable. At present, responding individually to complaints and working to address the behaviours complained about is very challenging. We hope that in the current circumstances, members of the public will continue to recognise the challenges the Traveller Unit is faced with.

In the meantime, all occupiers have received a written warning concerning breaches of the site rules during ‘Lockdown’ and when circumstances permit, officers shall be taking appropriate action against those responsible.

Nevertheless, members of the public witnessing any alleged acts of cruelty or other criminal acts in the community should report them to the appropriate agency (police or RSPCA) and assist them with any investigation.

South Gloucestershire Council is aware of noise and dogs and this is being looked into by the Council and appropriate agencies.

Updated on 09/06/2020 at 14:00

 

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