Councillor’s call for tougher action after travellers set up camp at Pocklington’s West Green site
An East Riding councillor has called on the police and local authorities to take tougher action against travellers who set up illegal encampments.
Cllr Kay West, one of three Pocklington Provincial Ward councillors on the East Riding Council, made the plea after around 30 caravans set up camp on Queen Elizabeth Field, formerly known as West Green.
She said Humberside Police and East Riding’s public protection team have been alerted but as yet nothing has been done to move the travellers.
In addition to the caravans, the site, which is popular with children, picnickers and walkers, has been largely taken up by horses, horse traps, vehicles and other equipment.
Cllr West said: “This is not common land and no one should be allowed to graze horses or leave rubbish that the council will have to clear up at the ratepayers’ expense.
“Youngsters who use the skate park every day, dog walkers, and those who run keep-fit classes are all having to keep away and this should not be allowed to happen.”
Cllr West said this was not the first time this very popular field had been taken over by travellers.
She added: “We know the police have been informed but as yet nothing has been done. The town clerk has been told to contact the courts to seek an eviction notice but that can take two weeks.
“It’s time the police took a tougher stance or at least were given stronger powers to move these people on when they turn up on land which does not belong to them, and especially when it is such a valued public open space like West Green.”