On Friday 30 June a small group of travellers entered Pitshanger Park and set up an encampment. There’s a due legal process for situations like this and council officers, ParkGuard and the local police swiftly assessed what the position was and got the legal process going. In the event, the travellers left of their own accord after four days although about two weeks later they turned up on the playing fields adjacent to Gurnell Leisure Centre from where they were duly evicted as well. And shortly after that, they had a short spell in Cleveland Park. Local councillors, the PCA and local people supported the council and police throughout in following the legal process.
Our ward councillors initiated a walkabout of the local parks to identify potentially vulnerable access points and to agree counter measures. Some of these have already been put in place, including combination locks on the main gates and telescopic bollards whilst other measures to less vulnerable points will be put in place over the next few weeks.