Trav­ellers move on af­ter court or­der

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

Trav­ellers who re­fused to move on when asked upped sticks af­ter a court or­der was is­sued.

Car­a­vans were spot­ted on land off Gat­land Lane, Fant, last Mon­day morn­ing.

Maid­stone Bor­ough Coun­cil (MBC) of­fi­cers vis­ited in the af­ter­noon to per­form a site as­sess­ment and wel­fare check, which is a le­gal re­quire­ment.

A no­tice was then served to the trav­ellers, re­quir­ing them to leave by 3pm the fol­low­ing day, but this was ig­nored.

MBC rep­re­sen­ta­tives went to court to ap­ply for an or­der to force the group to move.

The or­der was granted, giv­ing the group un­til 10am last Fri­day to move. They left the park early on that day.

MBC sent a team to the Gat­land Lane land on Fri­day morn­ing to clear the park for pub­lic use.

Cllr Matt Boughton (Con, Fant) thanked coun­cil of­fi­cers for their timely re­sponse, adding: “I will now be work­ing with coun­cil of­fi­cers to make sure the park is as se­cure as pos­si­ble in the longterm.”

Trav­ellers on land off Gat­land Lane, Fant

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