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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