Travellers on the field at Thriplow Heath....
On Saturday afternoon some 10-14 caravans arrived on the field next to the Pet Crem along the A505. Neighbours alerted me and we called the police. The land is private and therefore there are no powers to evict even under section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. And yuu can't send the bailiffs in if the landowner doesn't wish to evict.
However eight years ago I worked with the district council to obtain a High Court Injunction over this land, and that is the route now being pursued. The police visited the site on Sunday morning and took names and addresses. A copy of the High Court injunction has been served too by the district. Next step is that summonses are now being prepared to present to a High Court judge to get agreement that they can be served on those people. The summons requires the people to explain why they have breached the court's injunction.
To be honest, having had some sensible conversations with the police over the weekend, and despite the constant traffic going onto and leaving the field, the travellers are tucked away at the end away from the road, and will probably move on during the week just before the summons is served.
The general view is that we would rather have them there than in Pepperslade or Heathfield or on Thriplow village green.
By a co-incidence I was in the Plough at Duxford at lunchtime (nice drop of Timothy Taylor thank you very much) and we were talking about the incursion of caravans there in August and how the diminutive Duxford parish clerk stood in the path of the incoming vehicles and stopped any more coming onto the recreation ground. Ought to go down in village legend that.