WORTHING Council has today (Friday, July 15) spoken out about the travellers who have taken over a recreation ground.
Paul Yallop, leader of Worthing Council, has today said the council is doing everything it can to remove the large group of travellers from the Rotary Ground and Hill Barn on the A27.
He said council members were “incandescent” about the situation, especially as every time another traveller moves onto the site another welfare audit needs to be carried out.
Mr Yallop has questioned why Sussex Police has not used its powers to forcibly remove the travellers.
However, Sussex Police has said it is working closely with the council.
Chief Inspector Ian Pollard, Worthing and Adur district police commander, has spoken to the chief executive of Worthing and Adur councils, Peter Latham, with regard to the travellers and Mr Latham has attended the site with police officers to liaise with the travellers.
Sussex Police have said the travellers are aware they will be served with a notice to leave the site by the council in due course.
In the meantime, the council has provided them with a skip, water standpipe and portable toilet facilities.
The travellers are thought to have come from Crawley, Lancing and Brighton and among them it is believed there are three pregnant women. The invasion of the travellers means the cricket matches planned to take place at the recreation ground are being moved to other sites.
The Worthing Chippingdale v Eastergate match will now be held in Buckingham Park in Shoreham.
The Findon Third v Chichester Third match was due to take place at Hill Barn but will now be held in Fernhurst Drive, Goring.