Wouldn’t it be a pleasant change not to include so-called ‘travellers’ in our communications with you. Sadly, that’s not the case…as usual. And…as usual… ‘travellers’ have turned up again and again at Baiter Park and for a short ‘visit’ also to Copse Close and Whitecliff. The most recent incursion at Baiter occurred whilst organisers were preparing for the ‘Immense Events’ and also fun-fair last month. It resulted in a very hostile confrontation between security personnel for ‘Immense Events’ and ‘travellers.’ It reached such a situation that I phoned 999 and had to intervene directly with police officers who were blaming the council and when contacted the council it was the usual negative response. However, I did also contact via email the police commissioner, Mr Underhill to press for Section 61 removal order that can be implemented in the case of impending violence. It took Mr Underhill’s secretary over a week to reply but in the meantime Section 61 was invoked, resultant in ‘travellers’ leaving Baiter Park the ensuing day after my email. This Order needs to be sanctioned more regularly but also I ask you to contact our MP Mr Syms to demand that he becomes more vocal in amending the current farcical law that creates additional rights to ‘travellers.’ This action has been already undertaken very forcibly by a Bournemouth MP Conor Burns and certainly, our MP should be following suit. Since the removal of ‘travellers’ another Achilles heel for Baiter has been addressed by new Purbeck stone boulders being placed alongside the skateboard park to prevent access. It’s getting a bit like Fort Knox!

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