Monday 28 June 2004 9.14am
I feel better now that they have been evicted, although there are still two caravans there..
I have been chasing Southwark Council
on this since March, and the comments they have made may clarify the position:
12th March:- The Council is pursuing legal action to evict the travellers from Spa Gardens
, and has been doing so since they arrived on site last March. It takes some time as the law as it effects Local Authorities in relation to the eviction of travellers is very prescriptive, and failure to follow proper procedure could make the Council vulnerable to litigation. The group on the grassed area were not connected to those on the hard stand, and have moved on. I think it likely that the travellers on the hard stand will remain there for the immediate future, which is the best information I can give with regard to timescales.
The plans for the developments on the park have not, as yet, been delayed by the presence of the travellers and we don't expect them to be.
28th June:- The eviction covers the whole of the park, the redevelopment of the playground area should start should start in July and the redevelopment of Site A late summer.
I have asked them to clarify what is happening about cleaning up the immediate debris.
I'll post the reply when it comes.