Legal proceedings initiated to evict travellers

Photo of the traveller encampment at The Tumps.

Legal proceedings have been initiated by South Gloucestershire Council to secure the removal of over a dozen traveller caravans that remain in a field at The Tumps, near Waterside Drive in Patchway.

A larger number of caravans, believed to be approaching thirty, arrived on the site last Friday (18th August). They are understood to be the same group that was evicted by bailiffs from Forty Acres in Stoke Gifford hours earlier on Friday afternoon.

Part of the convoy had first entered Scott Park in Patchway, but is said to have been enticed to leave by a town council groundsman who arranged for the gate into the field at The Tumps to be unlocked.

The Tumps is a nature area located just 400m from Scott Park that is also in the ownership of Patchway Town council.

The council, which describes the encampment as “unauthorised” on its website, served an eviction notice on the travellers on Monday, requiring them to vacate the site by 2pm on Tuesday (22nd August).

With 16 caravans still on the site on Tuesday afternoon, the remaining travellers were then served with a direction requiring all individuals, caravans and vehicles to vacate the site by Wednesday afternoon.

South Gloucestershire Council has now issued legal proceedings under Section 78 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act and has already liaised with the courts to secure a hearing.

A statement on the town council website adds:

“There is a process that needs to be adhered to, but in the meantime, it is also confirmed there is continued negotiating taking place to encourage the travellers to move voluntarily.”

Asked about the unusual circumstances surrounding the travellers’ arrival on the field at The Tumps, a town council spokesperson said:

“Patchway Town Council was not made aware of the eviction from Stoke Gifford and so was not prepared for the arrival of the travellers in Scott Park on the playing fields. The decision by our groundsman to ask the travellers to move on to The Tumps has been commended by our councillors as it has saved the council money in re-instating sports turf and avoided confrontation with residents who use the park and Patchway Sports & Social Club.”

The spokesperson added:

“An eviction notice has been served and, failing the complying with this, a court case will be held on Tuesday of next week [29th August].”

Photo: Traveller caravans in the field at The Tumps on Sunday 20th August

Update from Patchway Town Council on Friday 25th August

Bristol Magistrates Court has now issued the summons for proceedings for an Order for the removal of the travellers from the Tumps which will be heard by the Court on Tuesday [29th August].

The summons was served yesterday afternoon on all relevant parties. If the encampment has not removed itself by Tuesday’s hearing time, an Order will be sought from the Court and arrangements will be made for it to be executed on the site as swiftly as possible with bailiff and police support. In the meantime, the site will continue to be monitored by the Traveller Unit.


  1. There is still going to be costs to the council after travellers leave the tump with the mess they are making and I hope the council removes all the tissue and human mess which is everywhere by the stiles etc it’s a health risk there is toilet paper even in the trees it’s looking right old mess that’s going to cost and they are tearing the field up ok they may want to stop them going onto Scot park because off the pitch and people but we didn’t want them on the tump either they are dirt people and don’t care I had a quad bike at speed driven right at me and my dogs reported to police but what will they do there just scared off them. What’s the point having the field locked up and bollards put in with locks to stop them and you still go and let them onto the tump and it’s us tax payers who have to pay for this not right. Hope they move soon and you have learnt your lesson never let them onto the tump again

  2. Update from Patchway Town Council appended to article:

    “Bristol Magistrates Court has now issued the summons for proceedings…”

  3. From the minutes of a meeting of Patchway Town Council’s Finance Committee held on 5th September 2017:

    The Clerk reported that, following the departure of the travellers, the
    groundstaff had been clearing rubbish and green waste left in the field at
    Waterside Drive. A welder would be attending site to repair the fixings on the
    bollards and the Clerk had spoken to the Sports & Social Club concerning
    suggestions to lock the gate to the Park at night and extend CCTV to the
    entrance area. The Committee of the Club would be discussing these
    suggestions and would report back to the Clerk. When the clearance of the Tumps had been completed, the groundstaff would start work on constructing
    planters to be placed on the edge of the grass to prevent access.

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