Traveller's return to Harrington - local agencies respond

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Cumbria Police and partners from Allerdale Borough Council and Workington Town Council are aware of a newly sited traveller encampment in Harrington, on Workington Town Council land.

A code of conduct has been issued to the travellers for the benefit of both local residents and the travelling community. 

Council and Police Officers will make regular visits to the site to ensure it remains as tidy as possible and that any reports of anti-social behaviour are investigated thoroughly and dealt with appropriately.

A multi-agency assessment has been conducted led by Allerdale Brough Council and supported by Cumbria Police. This work is ongoing in order to ensure that the welfare needs of both the travelling and settled communities are met.

A spokesperson from Workington Town Council said: "Workington Town Council, whilst respecting the human rights of the travelling community, will not accept unauthorised encampments on our land. 

"Our priority is to our community who must feel able to use the play area and be free of the increased litter that accompanies prolonged visitors to this site. We also value the travelling community and their culture, however we would encourage the use of land allocated for their use or agreed with local land owners.

"If any issues arise within the communities whilst this work is ongoing, we would encourage the public to bring it to the attention of Allerdale Borough Council via the online forms, MyAllerdale app or on 0303 123 1702.

"As always, in an emergency contact the police on 999. Any non-emergency, criminal matters should be reported via 101 or [email protected]"

Behaviour which would be a breach of the code of conduct are:

• Interfering with the rights and freedoms of other members of the public, including interrupting the operation of legitimate businesses. 

• Forcing entry to land, by causing damage to any fixtures, fittings or landscaping (including planted areas). This includes digging away of earthwork defences, which have been placed at landowner’s expense to prevent trespass. 

• Causing any other damage to the land itself, or property on it. Particular care should be taken not to cause damage to those features provided as public amenities. 

• Driving vehicles along any footpath, or other highway not specifically designed for road vehicles. This practice is not only unlawful but is also highly dangerous. 

• Parking vehicles or caravans on any road, footpath or other highway that causes an obstruction to other people wanting to pass by. This includes parking immediately next to footpaths. 

• Dumping or tipping rubbish, waste materials or trade waste such as tree cuttings, rubble, etc. It is their responsibility to keep the site clean and tidy. 

• Use of the area as a toilet. They must not deposit or leave human waste in public areas.

• Abuse, intimidation or harassment of any person who is lawfully using the area. 

• Excessive noise or other forms of anti-social behaviour. 

• Animals that are not kept under control or that attack persons lawfully on the land, or nearby.

• Interference with electrical, water or gas supplies. Any person(s) found abstracting electricity, or wasting quantities of water may be subject of criminal proceedings.

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