Local authority considers deploying metal fencing, bollards and CCTV in a bid to stop illegal encampments

A local authority is developing an action plan to prevent illegal encampments in the area, which could include the installation of metal fencing, bollards to prevent vehicular access and CCTV surveillance for monitoring, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.

An action plan is being developed by Thanet council to deal with the growing number of unauthorised Traveller encampments in the district. A working group has been set up to investigate the issue and look at areas including Traveller accommodation, security measures and increased enforcement at high risk areas.

Thanet residents, particularly those living at frequently used sites such as Dane Valley Green, the Westcliff and, previously, Jackey Bakers in Ramsgate, say mess, noise and intimidation are the main issues. There have also been complaints of damage to public areas.

Last year security measures were installed at Jackey Bakers fields after Thanet council responded to a campaign by residents asking for help to prevent Traveller incursions and nuisance bikers from using the area.

Measures included bollards to restrict vehicle access, CCTV and 200 metres of metal fencing.

A report commissioned by Thanet council says the district should provide five Traveller pitches -to accommodate 10 caravans – in the five year period up to 2022 and then an additional two pitches – equating to four more caravans- by 2031.

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