The Vale of Glamorgan Council has embarked upon legal action to remove the 5 families and their 6 caravans which are currently – and the Vale claims illegally – camped on the new part of the Cliff Parade Car park in Penarth.
On Thursday at 14:30 Vale of Glamorgan officials – in consultation with the police – had given the travellers a deadline of 24 hours by which they were required to leave the car park – but that deadline was not observed
Now a new deadline of 10:00 on Monday April 25th has been set in a legal letter which has been fixed – along with a helpful map – to posts nearest to the caravans
The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s letter and accompanying map has been is written by Richard Price, Principal Lawyer for Operational Manager, Legal Services and is addressed to “persons unknown”.
It reads :-
Cliff Walk Car Park and Miniature Golf Course, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan
I have been instructed to give you notice to leave the area known as Cliff Walk Car Park and Miniature Golf Course in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan and surrounding area by 10.00am Monday 25th April 2016. Your occupation is an unauthorised encampment on land that is owned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council, as shown on the attached plan and outlined in red.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council cannot ‘tolerate’ an encampment at this location because it is a very busy car park used in conjunction with the tourist area of Penarth. If you do not leave the land by 10.00am on the 25th April 2016, the Vale of Glamorgan Council will commence court proceedings to ensure your removal from the land. The cost of those proceedings will be sought against you.
Please Note You are required to remove all caravans, vehicles, personal possessions and leave general domestic waste bagged and located ready for refuse collection.
It is noted that similar proceedings were instigated against you in respect of your unauthorised occupation of land on 9th October 2015 at a car park known as Nell’s Point, Barry Island Barry. An order for possession has previously been obtained in respect of this occupation and you are hereby advised that you should not occupy any of r car park within the Vale of Glamorgan Council area
Yours faithfully Richard Price Principal Lawyer for Operational Manager, Legal Services
Quite how the council’s lawyer can be so certain the Penarth encampment comprises the same people who camped on Nell’s Point last year isn’t clear.
Penarth Police have been carrying out regular patrols of the area.
Today there were children – two of them barefoot – playing on the wire-mesh-and-chipping surface of the car park.
The Vale Council’s large red warning-notice proclaiming that the car park had been closed because of the unauthorised encampment had been turned at right angles to that motorists entering the car park could not read it.
With a packed Esplanade and a busy children’s event being held at the Kymin every car park space was taken on the sea front – but when visiting motorists drove into the most-empty Cliff Parade car park, they tended to look at the caravans and then turn around and leave.