Removal of travellers and unauthorised camps from school and community playing fields.

Removal of travellers and unauthorised camps from school and community playing fields.

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Robert Swatton started this petition to home office and

The nuisance and cost associated with the travelling community setting up camps or settling on playing field areas designated for sport both owned and operated by educational establishments or community sports groups etc. needs to be addressed.

Recreation activities are cancelled and the landowners are burdened with the bill for all damage and clearing up afterwards. Often these are educational establishment & community sports group with limited funds. Such unauthorised settlements also increase anti social behaviour and crime for the duration of the settlement creating unease for the wider community. 

Trespass is not a criminal offence and the current laws are not fit for purpose to prevent establishment of such settlements and camps as soon as they occur. The rights of the travelling community currently outweigh the rights of landowners, users of the facilities that have usage agreements and the wider community.

Legislation needs to be changed to prevent the establishment of camps on areas clearly signed and designated for sport and allow the police more powers to remove those trespassing immediately. The burden on landowners to secure sites to prevent such settlements is onerous on the basis the current legislation and policies favour the travelling community rather than the landowner.  

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