Travellers ordered off common

Published: 28 September 2018

A formal notice is being served on a group of travellers to leave Tooting Common after they illegally set up camp there.

The notice to leave the common will be served today and the group has been told they must leave within 24 hours.

Camping overnight on any part of Tooting Common, without prior authorisation from the council, is a criminal offence under parks and open spaces byelaws. Any of the travellers who defy the order will face prosecution and risk having their vehicles towed away.

Environment spokesman Steffi Sutters said: "Our parks police have spoken to the travellers and welfare assessments have been carried out. We will ensure the group leaves quickly before the camp gets any bigger and before any lasting damage is done to the common.”

Residents who witness any incident involving travellers on council-owned land are being urged to contact the town hall's emergency response team on (020) 8871 6900. This is a 24 hour service. Occupations of other land should be reported immediately to the police.

The council provides an approved travellers site in Trewint Street, Earlsfield.