Travellers set up camp at two National Trust car parks in the Surrey Hills on Tuesday afternoon, before caravans also arrived at locations in Tadworth and Burgh Heath
Groups of travellers thought to include the same people moved on from a site in Guildford earlier this week set up camp at two National Trust car parks in the Surrey Hills on Tuesday before caravans moved onto sites in Tadworth and Banstead.
Two groups parked up in Abinger Roughs car park, near Abinger Hammer, and Ranmore West car park, in North Holmwood, on Tuesday afternoon (September 2).
National Trust staff and police were called and asked the travellers to move on. One group left on Tuesday while the second had vacated by Wednesday afternoon.
Rob Hewer, National Trust head ranger, said: “Two groups of travellers took up camp on September 2 in Abinger Roughs car park and Ranmore West car park. Both sites are looked after by the National Trust in the Surrey Hills.
“We were assisted by the police and asked that the travellers move on and both groups left by the next day.
“Some damage has been caused at Ranmore West – to gain entry onto our open grassland, area stud posts were removed.
“We are putting the posts back and have collected bags of litter.”
A Surrey Police spokesman said: “Officers attended a car park at Ranmore Common yesterday afternoon following a temporary traveller incursion at the location.”
Travellers then arrived at the cricket club in Tadworth on Tuesday evening but moved on during the night.
The police spokesman said officers attended Tadworth Cricket Club, in Dorking Road, at 6pm, but the group which included around 12 vehicles left the site at 8.10pm.
Police confirmed that travellers parked up in the supermarket car park at 8.30pm on Tuesday.
The spokesman added: “Officers liaised with the landowner and the group to resolve the situation. The group moved on from there this morning.”
A Reigate & Banstead Borough Council spokesman said: “Yesterday evening, a group of travellers arrived on Banstead Common, at Mill Road, Tadworth.
“The Reigate & Banstead Joint Enforcement Team (JET), comprising council and police officers, were in prompt attendance and secured agreement from the travellers that they would move on.
“The travellers then moved on to the Asda car park at Burgh Heath but moved on again this morning.
“The JET team is remaining vigilant in the borough and the council is making sure that our sites are as secure as they can be.
“The JET team will work to respond promptly to any further unauthorised encampments to minimise upset and disruption to residents.”
Ratcliffe Commerical Property Syndicate, which manages the property, said it could now cost up to £10,000 to clean up, repair and secure the land.