Workington MP wants crackdown on travellers

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Mark Jenkinson MP for Workington has written to Allerdale Borough Council raising his concern over the time it has taken to evict an illegal traveller encampment from the Harrington Harbour.

Mark has contacted Allerdale Borough Council on a number of occasions over the past few months in an attempt to resolve this issue.

He has been contacted by a large number of constituents whose lives have been affected by the encampment.

The illegal encampment has now reportedly moved to the car park next to Allerdale House.

Mark has now written to Allerdale Borough Council Chief Executive, Andrew Seekings, requesting that the council make it a priority to draft and implement a traveller strategy.

He said: "The impact of the encampment at the Harrington Marina has been extensive, with littering, disgusting human fouling and damaged property just some of the issues that have been left behind, and I have seen this first-hand.

"Allerdale Borough Council taxpayers will no doubt ultimately have to bear the costs to make good the impact this has had on the Marina. I have asked the Council to assess future options that might enable the restriction of access to the site by large vehicles such as caravans.

"However this issue is wider than Harrington Marina. The encampment may no longer be at the Marina, but I understand it has moved to a different part of Workington.

"I have requested that a strategy for Travellers is drafted and my constituents and their welfare are put at the forefront of that strategy. Law abiding citizens who pay their taxes should not have their lives negatively impacted by illegal encampments. I want the council to become far more pro-active as regards moving on illegal encampments so our communities are not affected."

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