The KGV and Church Hall car parks remain closed following the recent traveller incursions which have cost both organisations thousands of pounds in bailiff fees, clean-up costs and repair of damage, in addition to the disruption of normal activities by Effingham and other local residents. Both organisations are following police advice and have been advised that there are still traveller incursions in Surrey. As neither organisation can afford another unauthorised traveller incursion, to minimise disruption the Church Hall and EVRT have put in place conditions for the controlled opening of their car parks. These conditions will remain in place until the physical security of the car parks can be improved. Unfortunately, neither organisation currently has the necessary funds, and both are looking at various options to raise them. The Church Hall has started an appeal for funds which you can contribute to here.
Groups using the facilities at the Church Hall or the KGV Hall and Playing Fields are responsible for complying with the reasonable conditions for opening the car parks, but as these involve manning rotas for the gates many groups have been unable to meet the conditions and so the car parks generally remain closed unless the conditions can be met.
Whilst it is quite understandable that people are frustrated with the situation, as are the managers of the two car parks, the organisations are doing their best to resolve the situation and find solutions which will enable the safe opening of the car parks without risking further incursions.