Like the first swallows of summer, the first gipsies of the year have returned to the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cliff Walk car park in Penarth.
A group of about 10 luxury caravans with several other accompanying vehicles arrived at the car park last night (Sunday April 8th 2018) – where overnight camping by anyone is expressly forbidden
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has issued a statement inform ing them that their stay is “unauthorised, unlawful and will not be tolerated”.
The Vale Council says its “legal team is currently considering the appropriate action to ensure they can be evicted as soon as possible” but there is a “strict process that must be followed in the event of the occupation of land by gypsy and traveller groups and once this has been completed the travellers will be given a deadline by which to leave the site.
Local residents said the Council’s lawyers should be well-practiced with invoking the necessary procedures – the incursion is a carbon copy of the last visit by the travellers – even down to the exact same selection of pitches along the hedges at the Western and Southern perimeters of the car park. In practice the legal machinations mean the illegal visitors will be in situ for the best part of a week – or longer.
Although the gipsies seem unphased by the law, the Vale Council has however installed warning signs at the entrance to the Cliff Parade car park informing drivers that the car park is closed until further notice because of the illegal encampment.
Although the council said police had been “informed”, there was no sign of any police officers in attendance at the parking ground this morning