I’m concerned to see another illegal encampment on the Esplanade and have asked the County Council to take urgent enforcement action.
I’ve also raised the matter with the Chief Constable as people simply should not be travelling right now and I’m concerned that those illegally camping in the town may be breaking the law.
Moreover, as our holiday parks would normally be gearing up for re-opening, we can’t allow illegal camping whilst stopping such an important part of our visitor economy.
The traveller community needs support through the pandemic just as much as anybody else. As such, leniency was shown to those illegally encamped as lockdown was introduced. However, those who have chosen to move during the lockdown should not be shown the same leniency and I’m sure the police and county council will enforce the law every bit as robustly as they have amongst the permanent residents of the town.