St. Annes: Kilnhouse Travellers Update

Kilnhouse Ward in St. Annes has now seen 3 different sets of Travellers during the last few weeks. One group on Blackpool Road North Playing Fields and 2 groups on Ramsgate Park. Karen and I would like to thank all residents for their patience and for keeping us up to date and informed. We would also like to thank the many residents who have offered ideas and thoughts on what could be done to help secure the site and to stop further visits, we have and will continue to put these forward to Fylde Borough Council on your behalf.

On each occasion we have been in touch with Fylde Borough Council Chief Executive Allan Oldfield to alert him and his officers about the visits and the Council have acted speedily and fairly within the current law to evict them. However the visits have caused some anxiety and disruption to residents whose properties were close to the camps. We do not believe this is acceptable. 

We would like to update you about where we go from here.

The Council does have a proposal to secure both sites from future encampments, this proposal is awaiting approval. 

We have also asked for further clarification about the eviction process. We feel that Local Councils and the Police need more immediate powers and or financial support to evict Travellers. It appears that the Travellers are able to flout the laws because they know they can’t be evicted immediately. These laws need tightening and so we are going to contact Mark Menzies MP regarding this issue.

Moving forward we will continue to fight for the development of both these green spaces, so that Kilnhouse residents are able to enjoy what’s on their doorstep.

If you would like more details on any of the above or if you have any ideas you would like us to know about please do not hesitate to contact us via the "Contact" tag in the top navigation bar.

Karen Henshaw and Joanne Gardner

Your Kilnhouse Councillors

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