Three county court bailiffs have tonight enforced the eviction of five traveller families who’d set up camp on Wednesday last week on the newly extended area of the Cliff Parade car park in Penarth.
The bailiffs working for Gallowglass Security and dressed in police-style black stab-proof vests – gave the travellers a deadline of 18:00 by which they had to leave the area .
The bailiffs – who are technically officers of the court – waited in their cars as the time ticked down towards the deadline. They did not need to take any physical action.
The travellers’ children went for one last play on swings and slides of the nearby playground – a facility they’ve much enjoyed during their illegal six-day stay at Cliff Walk – before being summoned back to the caravans for an early supper prior to their enforced evening journey.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s action followed a county court hearing this morning in Cardiff at which a court order was issued “sanctioning removal of the travellers from the site “.
Last week the council had fixed an open letter addressed to “persons unknown” giving the travellers 24 hours to move on . It was ignored.
Yesterday the travellers were notified of this morning’s county court hearing in Cardiff which they were invited to attend – but did not.
The comings and goings of the travellers had been closely watched all week by many of the residents at the Waverley Care Home which overlooks the car park and some residents were at their windows to see the six caravans leave.
The travellers had played for time right up to the 18:00 deadline and only after six o’clock did they eventually hitch up their caravans and begin to move out – leaving behind several black bags of refuse and some scattered slices of bread – presumably for the seagulls.
It’s not known where they were headed
One of their cars – a Citroen Xsara that arrived with them – appears to have been abandoned at the car park – possibly because its road tax has expired.
The Vale Council says a cleansing team is to be sent in to “clean up any mess that has been left and it is planned that the car park will be back to normal use during Wednesday morning”.