Travellers may need to pay for parking on park and ride site

Dorset Echo: ILLEGAL: Caravans at the park and ride site in Weymouth ILLEGAL: Caravans at the park and ride site in Weymouth

COUNCIL chiefs are considering asking travellers who set up an unauthorised camp on Weymouth’s park and ride site to pay for their stay.

Families who moved onto the Dorset County Council-owned site at Mount Pleasant have indicated they will be staying for a week.

Their arrival has prompted anger over the apparent lack of action by the council to deal with the group.

Some have suggested the travellers should be treated the same as other visiting motorists and be charged for parking.

Head of DCC’s gypsy and traveller service Dave Ayre said a temporary transit site which travellers can be directed to was not yet available, limiting the powers available to the authority and the police.

The other course of action is to go through the courts to seek an eviction but there would first have to be a ‘needs assessment.’ This will happen if the group are still there next week.

But Mr Ayre added that the council was also exploring the ‘parking enforcement route’ whereby officers, with the support of the police visit the travellers and get them to pay.

This happened at the Swannery car park on Wednesday when travellers who had stayed there overnight left after being visited by borough council parking officers and the police.

“Due to the latest development at the Swannery we are looking at that option for the park and ride site. It would be a bonus if that worked as the conventional route would be to go to court,” said Mr Ayre.

He said the council had a good relationship with the travellers at the park and ride site as they are frequent visitors to the county in the summer.

A temporary transit site next to the business park at Piddlehinton catering for up to 25 caravans was given planning permission last month.

Mr Ayre said it would be ‘days and weeks rather than months’ before the site was ready.

The main issue is getting the CCTV connected. Cameras are being put up at the entrance to the business park to give reassurance to firms.

Other facilities, such as a portable building for site management and portable toilets will be hired out by the council.

Penalties issued for wrongful stay

REGARDING the travellers at the Swannery car park, Cllr Christine James, spokesman for Transport and Infrastructure at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “There were a number of travellers located at Swannery car park.

“They have now left the site. Our parking enforcement officers worked with Dorset Police to resolve the issue and issued penalty charge notices to the vehicles parked without appropriate pay and display tickets.”

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10:35am Fri 6 Jun 14

MrTomSmith says...

Naughty you used the G Word! Try an F word with it.
Naughty you used the G Word! Try an F word with it. MrTomSmith
  • Score: -1

11:01am Fri 6 Jun 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

'COUNCIL chiefs are considering asking travellers who set up an unauthorised camp on Weymouth’s park and ride site to pay for their stay.'
Why should they need to 'consider?
Everyone who uses the park n ride should pay - no matter what their ethnicity. I just wonder where the council will send the notice to pay and where the bailiffs will go for those with 'allegedly' no fixed address. I wonder what address they use when they tax and insure their vehicles (assuming that they do because otherwise the police would treat them like everyone else and seize untaxed, uninsured vehicles).
'COUNCIL chiefs are considering asking travellers who set up an unauthorised camp on Weymouth’s park and ride site to pay for their stay.' Why should they need to 'consider? Everyone who uses the park n ride should pay - no matter what their ethnicity. I just wonder where the council will send the notice to pay and where the bailiffs will go for those with 'allegedly' no fixed address. I wonder what address they use when they tax and insure their vehicles (assuming that they do because otherwise the police would treat them like everyone else and seize untaxed, uninsured vehicles). IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 17

11:25am Fri 6 Jun 14

shy talk says...

Ask them to pay, that’s rich. I bet if I set up camp in my motorhome you would not politely ask me to pay, you would fine me.
Ask them to pay, that’s rich. I bet if I set up camp in my motorhome you would not politely ask me to pay, you would fine me. shy talk
  • Score: 22

11:53am Fri 6 Jun 14

MrTomSmith says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
'COUNCIL chiefs are considering asking travellers who set up an unauthorised camp on Weymouth’s park and ride site to pay for their stay.'
Why should they need to 'consider?
Everyone who uses the park n ride should pay - no matter what their ethnicity. I just wonder where the council will send the notice to pay and where the bailiffs will go for those with 'allegedly' no fixed address. I wonder what address they use when they tax and insure their vehicles (assuming that they do because otherwise the police would treat them like everyone else and seize untaxed, uninsured vehicles).
Its just lip service to give the impression something is being done until the wonderful new Dorset trash camp is opened. Poor people who live near it, and they are putting up cameras! They will be gone before you can say "Cheese"
#VoteUkip
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: 'COUNCIL chiefs are considering asking travellers who set up an unauthorised camp on Weymouth’s park and ride site to pay for their stay.' Why should they need to 'consider? Everyone who uses the park n ride should pay - no matter what their ethnicity. I just wonder where the council will send the notice to pay and where the bailiffs will go for those with 'allegedly' no fixed address. I wonder what address they use when they tax and insure their vehicles (assuming that they do because otherwise the police would treat them like everyone else and seize untaxed, uninsured vehicles).[/p][/quote]Its just lip service to give the impression something is being done until the wonderful new Dorset trash camp is opened. Poor people who live near it, and they are putting up cameras! They will be gone before you can say "Cheese" #VoteUkip MrTomSmith
  • Score: 13

12:19pm Fri 6 Jun 14

shy talk says...

Bailiffs in conjunction with the police can now collect unpaid fines at the roadside. Using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). If the fine is not paid on the spot the vehicle will be impounded, if the fine is not paid within twenty-eight days it will be crushed.
Bailiffs in conjunction with the police can now collect unpaid fines at the roadside. Using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). If the fine is not paid on the spot the vehicle will be impounded, if the fine is not paid within twenty-eight days it will be crushed. shy talk
  • Score: 9

1:35pm Fri 6 Jun 14

livid99 says...

shy talk wrote:
Bailiffs in conjunction with the police can now collect unpaid fines at the roadside. Using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). If the fine is not paid on the spot the vehicle will be impounded, if the fine is not paid within twenty-eight days it will be crushed.
I'm surprised people aren't queuing up to leave this sh*t country, rather than trying to get in.
[quote][p][bold]shy talk[/bold] wrote: Bailiffs in conjunction with the police can now collect unpaid fines at the roadside. Using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). If the fine is not paid on the spot the vehicle will be impounded, if the fine is not paid within twenty-eight days it will be crushed.[/p][/quote]I'm surprised people aren't queuing up to leave this sh*t country, rather than trying to get in. livid99
  • Score: 5

3:04pm Fri 6 Jun 14

westbaywonder says...

"Consider" LOL Gutless Wonders!!
Not so brave when the Emerald isle boys park up are you Mr Council, but its ok to bully and give citizens that live and work here hassle all year long.
Do your job cowards, get on that car park and treat them as you do everyone else!
"Consider" LOL Gutless Wonders!! Not so brave when the Emerald isle boys park up are you Mr Council, but its ok to bully and give citizens that live and work here hassle all year long. Do your job cowards, get on that car park and treat them as you do everyone else! westbaywonder
  • Score: 13

3:39pm Fri 6 Jun 14

JackJohnson says...

Err - DEMAND that they pay, do not allow them to leave until they do pay, and confiscate their vehicles on the same timescale as an ordinary parking offender's vehicle would be confiscated.

That, or let Top Gear film a caravan-smashing episode in the car park. :-)
Err - DEMAND that they pay, do not allow them to leave until they do pay, and confiscate their vehicles on the same timescale as an ordinary parking offender's vehicle would be confiscated. That, or let Top Gear film a caravan-smashing episode in the car park. :-) JackJohnson
  • Score: 15

4:50pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Ghostnigel says...

livid99 wrote:
shy talk wrote:
Bailiffs in conjunction with the police can now collect unpaid fines at the roadside. Using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). If the fine is not paid on the spot the vehicle will be impounded, if the fine is not paid within twenty-eight days it will be crushed.
I'm surprised people aren't queuing up to leave this sh*t country, rather than trying to get in.
I already have left the **** country, and its heaven, reading all the **** you have to put up with. I feel so sorry for true Brits, if you can find any these days....i can park almost anywhere for free, and even the multi-story car parks are free for the first 3 hours....aaaah bliss. oh, and NO council tax, no traffic wardens. same **** politics though, but i'm not allowed to vote anyway.
It still makes me angry when i read about those Gyppos though, and it doesnt even affect me. Semi rant over.....
[quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shy talk[/bold] wrote: Bailiffs in conjunction with the police can now collect unpaid fines at the roadside. Using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). If the fine is not paid on the spot the vehicle will be impounded, if the fine is not paid within twenty-eight days it will be crushed.[/p][/quote]I'm surprised people aren't queuing up to leave this sh*t country, rather than trying to get in.[/p][/quote]I already have left the **** country, and its heaven, reading all the **** you have to put up with. I feel so sorry for true Brits, if you can find any these days....i can park almost anywhere for free, and even the multi-story car parks are free for the first 3 hours....aaaah bliss. oh, and NO council tax, no traffic wardens. same **** politics though, but i'm not allowed to vote anyway. It still makes me angry when i read about those Gyppos though, and it doesnt even affect me. Semi rant over..... Ghostnigel
  • Score: 8

3:11pm Sat 7 Jun 14

NinjaNewsman says...

hahaha council really dont think lets re read this ... TRAVELLERS ISSUED WITH PARKING TICKETS WHICH ARE NOW GOING TO COST THE COUNCIL EVEN MORE MONEY CHASING IT UP ..... THEY WONT PAY , THEY WILL PAY FOR FOOD AND WATER THAT IS IT
hahaha council really dont think lets re read this ... TRAVELLERS ISSUED WITH PARKING TICKETS WHICH ARE NOW GOING TO COST THE COUNCIL EVEN MORE MONEY CHASING IT UP ..... THEY WONT PAY , THEY WILL PAY FOR FOOD AND WATER THAT IS IT NinjaNewsman
  • Score: 3

3:12pm Sat 7 Jun 14

NinjaNewsman says...

shy talk wrote:
Bailiffs in conjunction with the police can now collect unpaid fines at the roadside. Using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). If the fine is not paid on the spot the vehicle will be impounded, if the fine is not paid within twenty-eight days it will be crushed.
Not for parking Fines !!! lol some people are useless
[quote][p][bold]shy talk[/bold] wrote: Bailiffs in conjunction with the police can now collect unpaid fines at the roadside. Using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). If the fine is not paid on the spot the vehicle will be impounded, if the fine is not paid within twenty-eight days it will be crushed.[/p][/quote]Not for parking Fines !!! lol some people are useless NinjaNewsman
  • Score: 2

4:37pm Sat 7 Jun 14

thetiger says...

'Asking' the pikeys to pay! On the spot fines should be implemented if the vehicle isn't displaying a valid ticket, if they dont pay impound the vehicles. This limp wristed council is about as much use as a **** in a space suit.
'Asking' the pikeys to pay! On the spot fines should be implemented if the vehicle isn't displaying a valid ticket, if they dont pay impound the vehicles. This limp wristed council is about as much use as a **** in a space suit. thetiger
  • Score: 4

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