Travellers return to Cannon Hill Common for third time

Wimbledon Guardian: A convoy of caravans and vans first arrived at Cannon Hill Common on Monday, September 3, and have repeatedly returned A convoy of caravans and vans first arrived at Cannon Hill Common on Monday, September 3, and have repeatedly returned

Travellers have pitched up at Cannon Hill Common for the third time in less than four weeks.

A convoy of caravans and vans first arrived at the common on Monday, September 3, and have repeatedly returned - between setting up illegal camps at Mostyn Gardens, Kenley Road car park and on land near Links Avenue, Morden.

The group was moved on from each site by Merton Council and police, but returned to Cannon Hill Common earlier this week.

Debbie Shears, Conservative group leader and councillor for Cannon Hill ward, , blamed their return on the Council's failure to act and on a lack of preventative measures.

She said: "We are furious they have come back.

"I contacted the chief executive [Ged Curran] to ask for his intervention because we are getting nowhere.

"I’m having emails flooding in and residents are furious.

"Ward councillors now feel absolutely let down because of the inaction of the council.

"I can’t say it any stronger than that - it’s just inaction by this council."

She suggested installing a "natural barrier" to prevent further illegal camps and said logs could be repositioned to prevent vehicles gaining access to the common.

Coun Shears said: "We don’t want to put up a fence of anything - it’s an open common - but it needs to be protected.

"Dog owners are feeling threatened; parents are not going over there as much as they were."

Merton Council confirmed they were aware of the travellers’ return and were working to resolve the issue.

Councillor Andrew judge, cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, said: "We have informed the travellers that they will have to move on from the common and are working to ensure the site is vacated as soon as possible.

"To address the challenge of securing open land, we are looking at ways in which we can deter such illegal encampments on Canon Hill Common in the future."


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11:50am Wed 3 Oct 12

mr-bjp says...

The law needs to be changed. No court orders for removal, they should be removed immediately and if they fail to go the vehicles and caravans should be confiscated and no alternative accomodation offered. Anf if they're not English, i.e. Romanian or Irish, they should be deported.
The law needs to be changed. No court orders for removal, they should be removed immediately and if they fail to go the vehicles and caravans should be confiscated and no alternative accomodation offered. Anf if they're not English, i.e. Romanian or Irish, they should be deported. mr-bjp

12:11pm Wed 3 Oct 12

SW Boy says...

It's not on that they're parked on the Common - they're even parked over public footpaths which is a tad arrogant.

Although it is important to protect the Common from this kind of invasion it is still a public piece of land owned by us all and it would be wrong to erect barriers just for a few mindless individuals.

I am also concerned that they seem to be doing their own tree maintenance - they've cut several branches off trees and cut bushes down.

The council need to pull their fingers out now.

I've seen them in Mostyn Gardens too
It's not on that they're parked on the Common - they're even parked over public footpaths which is a tad arrogant. Although it is important to protect the Common from this kind of invasion it is still a public piece of land owned by us all and it would be wrong to erect barriers just for a few mindless individuals. I am also concerned that they seem to be doing their own tree maintenance - they've cut several branches off trees and cut bushes down. The council need to pull their fingers out now. I've seen them in Mostyn Gardens too SW Boy

8:30pm Wed 3 Oct 12

kazza76 says...

as i have said before if the councils stop shutting down the legal sites then this wouldnt be happening
as i have said before if the councils stop shutting down the legal sites then this wouldnt be happening kazza76

11:57am Thu 4 Oct 12

Mordenman says...

It is a pity that Councillor Andrew Judge can't be asked to deal with this with any urgency.

On the other hand if this was an opportunity for him to extort more money from local residents then we could be assured that it would have his full attention.
It is a pity that Councillor Andrew Judge can't be asked to deal with this with any urgency. On the other hand if this was an opportunity for him to extort more money from local residents then we could be assured that it would have his full attention. Mordenman

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