Update on Traveller incursion in Effingham 27 Aug.

Guildford Borough Council provided the following update to residents for the incursion of Travellers on Effingham Common on Thursday 24 August.

The encampment remains as per the status below.

  • A court summons will be served this evening for attendance at court for 2pm Friday 25th August.
  • Should the court grant an eviction order this will be served Friday afternoon/Evening or Saturday morning.

Reporting and communications:
Please continue to reassure residents that the process is moving forward as quickly as possible and that the Council are not willing to tolerate the encampment. Please also continue to reassure residents that the site is being monitored at least once a day and rubbish is being collected regularly by our Countryside Wardens and Ranger Team. The police will provide regular PCSO patrols for reassurance.

  • For general enquiries, residents should contact the Ranger Team 07880 784947, Parks helpdesk 01483 444718 or Customer Services 01483 505050
  • If residents do have any concerns regarding anti-social behaviour or criminal activity they should contact the Police on 101

The incursion of Travellers on King George V Playing Fields has improved, in that half of the Travellers have left the site, since the possession order was served. The court hearing in the County Court (not Crown Court as previously reported), is listed for 4 September. On Saturday, 26 August the Trustees of EVRT issued the following statement:

The possession order was served yesterday evening. The grounds were inspected this morning and no new problems were observed. A litter pick was conducted this afternoon, yielding only a very small amount of litter from the outlying grass areas; the pitches were already litter-free. The day appears to have been a very peaceful one. No arrests were made.

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