BREAKING NEWS: Travellers return to Tangmere

The travellers site at Tangmere Airfield in July   Picture by Louise Adams  C130953-2
The travellers site at Tangmere Airfield in July Picture by Louise Adams C130953-2

A NUMBER of caravans have arrived in Tangmere – for the fourth time since May.

Two caravans arrived this afternoon (August 9) at the village’s recreation field, with residents worried more are to come.

Travellers first arrived in May, with a number of caravans setting up on the recreation field.

They were subsequently evicted, but merely drove down the road to the Tangmere Airfield, which is partly owned by West Sussex County Council.

Following their eviction from there, which was delayed by the bank holiday weekend, around 40 caravans subsequently returned to the airfield on July 10.

At this point, residents took action into their own hands, hiring giant hay bales to block vehicles from entering the recreation field.

This measure was temporarily successful, with no incursion by travellers following eviction from the airfield.

But the hay bales had to be removed the following week by the owner, leaving the field undefended.

This latest incursion sees the parish council seeking a further eviction notice to remove travellers from its land.

It is currently in the middle of discussions to put up some permanent protection for the recreation field, to prevent such incursions.