POLICE hope to resolve the issue of travellers on Goring Greensward today, a spokesman for the force has said (Tuesday, July 21).
Four vehicles arrived on Sunday night and were joined by several more vehicles yesterday evening.
The force now has the option to exercise ‘section 62’ powers, to move traveller groups to a special transit site near Chichester.
If they refuse to move on, they must leave the county.
A police spokesman said: “Four traveller vehicles have been at Goring Green, Worthing, for the past few days. Last night they were joined by several more vehicles.
“We are working with the local authority, which own the land, to assess the situation with a view to resolving it today.”
Goring councillor Mark Nolan said he was ‘disappointed’ by the police response.
He said: “As I understand it, historically, we were assured by Sussex police that the bollards along the Greensward would provide a sufficient enough defence to justify swift action on their part. This clearly hasn’t been the case.
“We have since been advised, and as a result assured residents, that the new transit site in Chichester would provide a speedy resolution to the problem. It has not. I have therefore requested an urgent meeting with Sussex Police to discuss why the Greensward in Goring proves such a challenge.”
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