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Travellers at East Cliff in Ramsgate ordered to leave by Thanet District Council and Kent Police

By Matt Leclere

Travellers pitched up two illegal camp sites have been forced to leave by police and council enforcement teams - with one group already breaking into a new site.

The groups at the East Cliff in Ramsgate and Dane Valley in Margate arrived at the site two weeks ago and were served with a court order to move by Thanet District Council officers last week.

But the notices have gone ignored forcing police and council enforcement officers to come in and evict them from the seafront site in Ramsgate and parkland in Margate.

Travellers have pitched up the East Cliff in Ramsgate. Picture: Sarah Thomas (8263066)
Travellers have pitched up the East Cliff in Ramsgate. Picture: Sarah Thomas (8263066)

One of the groups has already moved to Marina Esplanade in Ramsgate, yards away from where one of the illegal incursions were disbanded this morning.

A council spokesman said: "The two traveller incursions have both moved on from their respective sites following court orders for removal.

"However, one of the groups has now relocated to the car park at Marina Esplanade, Ramsgate.

"Officers from our Community Safety team continue to follow established legal procedure and will visit the group to establish whether there are any welfare needs and if not will seek to serve a Section 77 notice."

Council officers gained the order to move them from the two sites today following a hearing at Margate Magistrates' Court last Wednesday.

The group moved just a few miles along the coast from the Chine on the Westcliff after being slapped with another court order and told to leave by bailiffs on April 3.

Thanet council has a legal obligation to carry out welfare checks on the group before ordering them to move on.

Residents continue to raise their frustrations at travellers arriving at different sites around Thanet and leaving rubbish, human waste and rubble where they have been camping.

The council says it is continuing to work on finding a long-term solution about providing a facility for travellers visiting the district.

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