Work is underway to get a group of travellers removed from a car park in Chesterfield.
The travellers set up an illegal camp at Queen’s Park car park on Sunday (October 21).
Chesterfield Borough Council have served the travellers with a Direction to Leave notice- and may serve an Eviction Notice if the travellers do not comply. Failing that, the travellers could face a court appearance.
A council spokesman confirmed it could ‘take a few days’ to follow this process.
If the council want to, can they force Gypsies/Travellers to move immediately?
No. They must:
1) Be able to show that the Gypsies/Travellers are on land without consent.
2) Make enquiries regarding the general health and welfare of the Gypsies/Travellers.
3) Go through relevant steps in terms of serving notices and follow due processes in the courts to gain the necessary authority to order the Gypsies/Travellers to leave the site.
If Gypsies/Travellers camp on my land what can I do?
Talk to them to see if a leaving date can be agreed.
Take proceedings in the County Court under the Civil Procedure Rules, 1998. There must be a minimum of two clear days between service of documents and the court hearing. To contact the County Court, tel: 01332 622600 or seek the help of a solicitor.
Why do Gypsies/Travellers pursue a travelling lifestyle?
Their way of life means that they travel the country staying for various periods in different locations in order to earn a living. In most cases it has been a way of life for generations.