Published Wednesday, 27th July 2016

Travellers on Wray Common last night (Tuesday 26 July 2016) have been served a notice to quit.

Having served the notice, the council expects travellers to leave the common by 3.30pm. If they do not leave promptly, a court hearing will follow to decide if their vehicles can be seized.

Officers have attended the site where approximately 15 caravans and associated vehicles arrived on Tuesday evening. When they move on from Wray Common the council will look to escort them from the borough if necessary.

“Reigate & Banstead has an excellent track record of taking prompt and effective action to remove travellers from our land swiftly. We work very closely with our colleagues in Surrey Police, neighbouring boroughs and, where necessary, we will use the full extent of the law to protect the borough,” says Cllr James Durrant, Reigate and Banstead’s Portfolio Holder for Licensing and Enforcement.     

Cllr Durrant adds: “We always act very quickly when travellers arrive on land owned by Reigate & Banstead; we take the matter very seriously indeed. Our parks and greenspaces are much valued by residents and our car parks are essential to supporting our shopping areas. The cost of maintaining these is met by our tax payers. As such, we will not tolerate incursions by travellers. We do not hesitate to use the courts to protect them.”

The arrival of travellers is often spotted by officers from Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s Joint Enforcement Team who are available outside office hours. However, residents are also urged to report the arrival of travellers to the council.