Caravans given 24 hours to move on from Budleigh Salterton ... or face eviction

PUBLISHED: 15:21 14 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:33 14 August 2017

The group of caravans - now at Budleigh's Lime Kiln car park - had previously been at Sidmouth's Long Park. Picture: contributed

The group of caravans - now at Budleigh's Lime Kiln car park - had previously been at Sidmouth's Long Park. Picture: contributed

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Caravans – which belong to the travelling community – have been given 24 hours to leave a car park in Budleigh Salterton or face eviction.

Six caravans plus two other vehicles arrived at the town’s Lime Kiln car park yesterday evening (Sunday), setting up an illegal encampment.

They had previously been camped in Sidmouth’s Long Park.

EDDC officers were due to go on site today to approach the group, to ascertain their intentions, to carry out welfare assessments and to explain that camping and caravans were not allowed in the Lime Kiln car park.

“If there are no immediate welfare issues to take into consideration, we will give the group up to a maximum period of 24 hours to leave the land or to face eviction,” said an EDDC spokesperson.

Commenting on the illegal encampment, Cllr Tom Wright, East Devon’s environment portfolio holder and local ward member, said: “The council is fully aware of its duty of care to travellers, but in this case it is or paramount importance that we take all possible steps to put this important public car park back into full use at what is the height of the town’s tourist season.

“I spoke to one of the travellers at the campsite and they are fully aware of the law and the legal proceedings relating to illegal camping, so it is a pity that they choose to ignore the law and by so doing spoil the enjoyment of these lovely surroundings for law abiding citizens.”

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