SO, DOES the right hand know what the left hand is doing? Rod Tranchant, chairman of East Wittering and Bracklesham Parish Council, raised the issue of travellers on public land.
Apparently the police say there are no laws to remove travellers from such land ‘What the police say’ (Observer, September 6). Having done the police homework for them, Mr Tranchant proposed one law that would help is the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, section 61. Inspector Will Rolls explained the act was neither appropriate nor applicable. It would have been useful to avoid having egg on his face if Inspector Rolls had expanded somewhat and explained when such an act was appropriate or applicable.
So, what happens?! The next day, presumably having read the Chichester Observer overnight for enlightenment, the police working with the local authority, remove the travellers from Oaklands Park using that very same act! Of course, Oaklands Park is public land owned by the district council. But so is the car park in Marine Drive, West Wittering, so why is it that the police could not work with that same local authority and the section 61 powers to remove the travellers from that site too?
Perhaps Inspector Rolls would care to explain at greater length the reason why! The fact that we, the public are puzzled is an understatement!