Brighton a ‘gentle treatment of travellers’ claims the City Council

A COUNCIL has called for swift action to remove dozens of caravans from a public park.

She said: “I don’t know why they were allowed to stay there. They shouldn’t be allowed to enter a public park – it’s a park for city residents who pay council tax.

“People can’t go out and enjoy Preston Park. The residents don’t have to put up with that. They don’t want to be fooled by travelers.

“The travelers are their own worst enemy – if they behaved, kept the area clean and tidy, got off their quads, people would accept them if they stayed a day or two.”

The Argus: Dozens of caravans remain in Preston ParkDozens of trailers remain in Preston Park

Cllr Barnett said the group, who were parked in Preston Park, should be directed to the Patcham travel site.

She said: “We put a lot of effort into setting up the site and the agreement was that travelers would go to that site if there was space and if it was full they would leave town.

“The Council has a gentle touch. They say Brighton and Hove is a city of refuge – but for whom? Certainly not the residents.”

Her comments come after a weekend parkrun was canceled due to “travellers in the park.”

The organizers of the park run said: “They are not on the course, but there are so many vehicles and quads driving dangerously that we do not dare.”

The Argus: Councilor Dawn BarnettCouncilor Dawn Barnett

Cllr Barnett said the dangerous behavior posed a threat to children in the city, as many will head to the parks in Brighton and Hove later this week when schools close for the summer.

She said: “I’m saying what everyone else in town is thinking and it’s about time the council listened to what residents wanted.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “We are aware of a number of vehicles that have arrived at Preston Park in Brighton.

“We are closely monitoring the situation in consultation with the local authority to ensure the safety of the local community and determine what next steps should be taken.” Brighton a ‘gentle treatment of travellers’ claims the City Council

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