The “unauthorised encampment” setup by travellers at Penarth’s Cliff Parade car park is still in situ today with no sign of any imminent move to comply with the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s legal ultimatum.
The 10:00 o’clock legal deadline had been laid down by the council – by which the six caravans and five families were supposed to have vacated the car park. But the deadline came and went …and nothing moved .
A Vale of Glamorgan Council van was at the car park at the deadline passed – but it turned out to be a cleansing unit attending to the public toilets and was not involved in the stand-off with the travellers – even though detritus is now accumulating in the newly extended area of the car park where the caravans are sited.
This afternoon there was another official visit to the unauthorised campsite by Vale of Glamorgan council officials – backed up this time by three police officers.
The council officials posted a new notice on the posts nearest the caravans to replace the earlier legal letter. The new notice turned out to be an invitation to what are described as “persons unknown” to attend a hearing at Cardiff County Court at 11:00 tomorrow morning.
The hearing is scheduled to take place at the Cardiff Civil Justice Centre in Park Place. As none of the ‘persons unknown’ is actually named, it could well be that the travellers encamped at the Cliff Parade car park may come to the conclusion that this is nothing to do with them and may decline to attend.
There’s speculation that the legal processes involved might now take as long as another 28 days and this could be just the start of a long – and expensive – legal battle.