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Bid to evict caravans from beauty spot.

TRAVELLERS have set up an unauthorised camp at a South Wales beauty spot.

A group of travellers set up camp on Stalling Down in Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan.

The Vale of Glamorgan council said staff were working to resolve the situation.

A spokesman said: "The Vale of Glamorgan council has taken swift action following the unauthorised occupation of a site near Stalling Down, Cowbridge.

"The travellers were informed immediately that their occupation of the site was both unauthorised and inappropriate.

"Stalling Down is popular spot for walkers and used by locals and visitors all year around - this is why the council is working to resolve the situation as soon as possible. However there is a strict legal process that must be followed.

"Before any action can be taken the council is required to undertake a welfare assessment. This assessment was carried out on Friday by a council officer.

"Now that the assessment has been completed it is our intention to issue the group with a deadline by which to leave the site.

"If this deadline is not met then the council will commence legal action.

"All preparations required to take the matter to court will be made ahead of the deadline so that any enforcement action can be progressed promptly if required.

"No complaints have been received about the group's conduct. However, it remains the Vale of Glamorgan council's view that this is an unauthorised encampment that is causing disruption to the local community and one that is in no way appropriate."

Vale resident and South Wales Central AM, Andrew RT Davies, had called for quick action.

"This is not the first time the area has been subject to an illegal encampment," he said.

"People are disappointed that a group of travellers have come back. It's concerning especially as this is a bigger group than before.

"Vale of Glamorgan council have responsibility to remove them. But that's not the end of the problem. Measures need to be taken to prevent access to the common."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 30, 2016
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