A concerned local councillor is calling for further action as travellers have returned to Southport, this time to the Kew Park and Ride.

Councillor Tony Dawson, who is presently out of the country, saw thelatest Southport traveller invasion on social media.  He has a formal question listed to the leader of the Council for the council meeting in Bootle on Thursday:

“(1) Question to the leader of the Council, Cllr Ian Maher:

In view of the fact that it is by now well-transmitted throughout the land by social media that the Borough of Sefton, and Southport in particular, are places where ‘Travellers’ can park their vehicles on public or private land with relative impunity, even where there is repeated criminal activity witnessed. will the Leader of the Council convene a small working group involving the police and a member of any Council group who is interested to see how the authorities in the borough might create policies which enable a better response to reduce the likelihood of such repeat invasions and improve effectiveness when they take place?”

The question was put in for answer before the latest invasion.

“I am surprised that Sefton Council has not published a ‘guide book for travellers’ showing them how to enter all the best sites in Southport”  says Cllr Dawson.



Gypsy-Travellers heave dragged the bollards away from the entrance of the Kew Park & Ride car park and set up camp.

Gypsy-Travellers heave dragged the bollards away from the entrance of the Kew Park & Ride car park and set up camp.

Travellers could be seen burning rubbish.

This was the state of play on Monday evening 19  September 2016.

Although faster and more effective enforcement powers have come into force regarding unauthorised Gypsy / traveller’s sites, it still hasn’t stopped a number of travellers setting up camp on Kew Park & Ride Southport.

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