Councillor ‘disappointed’ by police response after travellers invade Goring Greensward

Travellers on Goring Greensward  Picture by Eddie Mitchell SUS-150721-104221001
Travellers on Goring Greensward Picture by Eddie Mitchell SUS-150721-104221001

A GORING councillor has criticised the police response after travellers invaded Goring Greensward.

On Sunday evening (July 19), a number of travellers entered Goring’s green.

Councillor Mark Nolan said he was ‘disappointed’ by the police response.

“As I understand it, historically, we were assured by Sussex Police that the bollards along the Greensward would provide a sufficient enough defence to justify swift action on their part. This clearly hasn’t been the case,” said cllr Nolan. “We have since been advised, and as a result assured residents, that the new transit site in Chichester would provide a speedy resolution to the problem. It has not.

“I have therefore requested an urgent meeting with Sussex Police to discuss why the Greensward in Goring proves such a challenge.”

Sean Keith, of Marine Crescent, saw the group with a number of cars and caravans enter through a gap in the fencing.

The 52-year-old, along with his son, Jacob, 22, blocked access into the field, using his van as a barrier.

Sean said he saw some of the travellers doing ‘donuts’ with the vehicles on the green, as well as urinating in public.

Before they left, he said: “The frustration is they will inevitably leave the place looking like a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

“I have nothing at all against travellers finding somewhere to live but they have to show some respect.”

A police spokesman said the force worked with the local authority to resolve the situation.

Resident Jeff Lister said the group left Goring Green in convoy on Tuesday evening, leaving a large amount of rubbish behind.

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