Latest Update – 12th August 2013.
Now left the area completely.
Latest Update – 7th August 2013.
Travellers have now left the Seafront Site, Rosemead Open Space and an area of ground in Angmering and Littlehampton is returning to its brilliant best.
Previous Reports follow below.
Following Arun District Council obtaining a Possession Order earlier today, Tuesday, 30th July 2013 – Travellers who have been occupying Littlehampton Seafront are now on the move.
What I don’t understand is we’re continually told by councils that Travellers have certain rights and that the council can’t simply evict them or even give them as much as a parking ticket. So why then have Arun District Council described this group as being ‘persons unknown’ and not (for example) J Blogs and party Travellers?
Surely if this lot are identified as ‘persons unknown’ they should be awarded the same rights as the rest of us and tackled accordingly?
Anyway, the closing moments in the seafront seige are played out below as we enter the next phase – oh yes, it’s not over yet.
As the Travellers leave the site, the seagulls feast on the rubbish bags left behind. To be fair, they have bagged all their rubbish – but it’s not long before the gulls seize the opportunity and the seafront is awash with litter.
Yes, they’re leaving Littlehampton Seafront – but, it’s still not good news.
When I spoke to Nigel Croad, Deputy Chief Executive of Arun District Council last week when the travellers first arrived, I asked him why given this group had only just been evicted from Worthing seafront did no one in either Local Authority think of following them and attempt to block wherever they’re going.
Mr Croad told me this wouldn’t work, and wasn’t possible.
(Dear Nigel – it’s not as difficult as you’d imagined. All that’s needed is to get one’s backside out from under the seat and you’re half way there…)
So, I decided to take the Pier Road Diaries a bit further afield and follow them as they left Littlehampton Seafront and can report as follows:
The large group has now split into two groups occupying –
Rosemead Park – just behind the Littlehampton Academy and a stretch of land in Wick, Littlehampton – to the West of the new Morrissons Supermarket.
Here at this entrance, I witnessed them driving on the pavement while towing caravans and then driving down the cycle path just before the Littlehampton Academy.
Full marks must go to the Littlehampton Academy who had their gates well and truly closed and manned with security personnel.
But, sadly, our public spaces weren’t as well protected and in they came driving along the pavement where they squeezed through the narrowest of gaps.
The Second Location
As I said earlier, the large group appears now to have split – with the other group occupying land to the West of Morrisons Supermarket in Wick. Just behind the Minster Business Park.
It’s almost like ‘cat and mouse’, but in this instance, there seems to be no cat and it’s all mouse.