Travellers set-up camp in Crowborough

Update: Travellers have now left Crowborough


Photo of travellers Caravans in the field off Eridge Road in CrowboroughA group of travellers have set up camp on the field next to Goldsmith Recreation Ground.

It is believed to be the same group moved on by Kent Police from Rusthall Common in Tunbridge Wells on Sunday using a Section 61 Notice.

It is understood the owner of the land has asked the travellers to leave the land but they have not done so.

This morning (Thursday 7th) Sussex Police served a Section 62 order on the occupants of two of the caravan, requiring them to leave by 5pm today in the interests of the health and welfare of some small children with them.  They have been directed to an official Council-run site near Lewes where there are adequate sanitation and related facilities for children.

Sussex Police have said:

At this time there are still no aggravating factors that would warrant a Section 61 Notice being served on the remaining 13 caravans and occupants.  Police are continuing to visit the site and monitor the situation.

Sussex Police were alerted the travellers arriving in Eridge Road at Sunday, and officers attended the site, which is privately owned, on Monday morning.

A Senior Police Officer has powers under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to direct travellers to leave without the involvement of the courts, when four separate criteria are met.  These criteria include reasonable steps having been taken by the landowner to move the trespassers on.  The trespassers must have 6 or more vehicles or they must have caused damage or been abusive to the landowner or their agents.

The field opposite The Farthings (shown below) has been used for the Fun Fair in Crowborough.  Crowborough Town Council has recently purchase a part of the field opposite to enable an extension to be build to the Miniature Railway at Goldsmiths.

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