Traveller Encampment Statement

Traveller Encampment Statement

On the evening of Wednesday 25th July, a group of Travellers set up camp on land bordering Biggs Lane in Arborfield.  After a successful partnership operation today, the group have now left the site – less than 24 hours after their arrival.

The land affected is owned by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, part of the Ministry of Defence, and is managed by Crest Nicholson on their behalf. Crest Nicholson and the DIO worked together to coordinate a way forward and, after the DIO officially asked the Travellers to leave the site this afternoon, Thames Valley Police stepped in and served a Section 61 notice for trespass on the land and related antisocial behaviour.

Sammie Bryans, Development Director said:

“We would like to thank all parties involved for mobilising so quickly in response to this incident, as we appreciate the impact such encampments have on local residents. We will continue to monitor security of the site and review our procedures to ensure we are always prepared to react in an appropriate way.”

The Police have asked us to remind residents that if they notice any similar incidents or other antisocial behaviours, they should report this to them providing as much detail as possible.


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