Images show rubbish left at Shalford Common after eviction of unauthorised traveller encampment

July 11, 2018
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Images taken by a passer-by shows some of the mess which was left after an unauthorised encampment was evicted from Shalford Common .

The group were served a court order to leave the common on Tuesday morning (July 10) – almost one week after the first caravans arrived .

Council workers clean the site following the departure, however images show the state of the common before the clear up was undertaken.

Following the group’s eviction, up to 50 caravans with pitched up at Shalford Park – less than one and-a-half miles down the road.

It has since been confirmed the group have left the park and Guildford MP, Anne Milton has stated she will be flagging up the issue of illegal encampment both locally and nationally.

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The group of caravans and other vehicles, including quad bikes arrived at the site on Wednesday (July 4).

After ignoring a council notice issued on Friday (July 6), a court order was served giving the occupants until Tuesday morning to leave the common.

However, on Monday evening (July 9) a group of up to 50 caravans and other vehicles, including quad bikes was spotted 1.2 miles away at Shalford Park

Guildford Borough Council (GBC) confirmed on Wednesday morning (July 11) that the encampment has now left the site.

“Our willow tree was used as a human toilet”
(Image: Anonymous)

It was previously added that council workers cleared up Shalford Common following the eviction and bin bags were provided to the group at Shalford Park.

Images taken by an anonymous passer-by shows litter left on Shalford Common following the encampment’s eviction and before the council’s clear up.

On Saturday (July 7) one resident commented on a community Facebook group stating: “Be warned if you are taking the dog for a walk or just walking.

Surrey Police confirmed locals reported numerous incidents of antisocial behaviour
(Image: Anonymous)

“Under the willow tree at the pond is now a toilet. Myself and the dog have just had to dodge a large amount of human s**** and toilet paper – none of this was there yesterday or before.”

“Our willow tree was used as a human toilet,” said an anonymous resident to Surrey Live .

Surrey Police confirmed locals reported numerous incidents of antisocial behaviour including a disturbance at a nearby pub involving a group of men threatening members of the public.

It is understood that the Queen Victoria in Station Row temporarily closed following the incident.

RSPCA confirmed it received a call regarding an incident at Shalford Common
(Image: Anonymous)

Surrey Live was also told of concerns regarding animal cruelty displayed at the common while the encampment was at the site.

An anonymous resident said: “A spaniel was chained to a tire in the hot sun without water… the dog was very stressed physically from 10-hours in the hot sun.”

The RSPCA confirmed it received a call regarding an incident at Shalford Common during this time but added the case was passed onto Surrey Police due to the staff member being called to an emergency.

Surrey Police has been approached for confirmation.

Shalford traveller encampment ordered to leave after reported antisocial behaviour
(Image: Chris McKeon)

Reacting to the encampments, Guildford MP Anne Milton said: “Many local people have been in touch with me as they are concerned about the recent influx of travellers at Shalford.

“Whilst this matter is the responsibility of GBC to deal with, I am also taking this up with the relevant people at the highest levels – both locally and nationally.”

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/images-show-rubbish-left-shallford-14894524


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