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Council sends traveller clean-up bill to police commissioner

Post by Bert Moffat » Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:49 am

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... ioner.html

Council sends traveller clean-up bill to police commissioner

A council fed-up with paying to tidy up mess left by travellers has sent a £6,000 clean-up bill to the Police and Crime Commissioner because officers took “too long” to clear the site.

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Reigate & Banstead Borough Council sent the bill to Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley after it took his officers three weeks to remove 20 caravans from a public park in the village of Hooley, Surrey.

It took 12 council workers two days to remove 10 tonnes of rubbish left by the 30 travellers, costing just over £6,000.

Tory councillor Victor Broad, the deputy leader of the council, said he sent Commissioner Hurley the bill because the council was “fed up” with footing the bill and said that police officers should have moved the travellers on more quickly.

He said: "I have sent him (Commissioner Hurley) the bill. We found out the police are empowered to remove people from sites when there are more than six travellers - there was 30 on Hooley Recreation Ground."

He said that police should have “taken action sooner”, adding: "Our attitude now is 'why should we foot the bill?'."

Cllr Broad criticised Surrey Police for being “inconsistent” in moving travellers on, saying that the same group of travellers were moved off a nearby public park within 24 hours on a previous occasion.

He said: "There's no consistency from the police, so I thought 'right, I'll send them the bill'. We can't have police taking one policy at one end of the borough and another approach at the other."

Commissioner Hurley's office said the public “expected...swift and resolute intervention” by police and council officers in the face of “antisocial or illegal act”.

A spokesman said a zero tolerance policy was in place and that the commissioner had “given his assurance'” that he will work to implement to policy along with council bosses.

Superintendent Matt Goodridge told the Surrey Advertiser that they will be reviewing their procedures.

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Re: Council sends traveller clean-up bill to police commissi

Post by Arthur ASCII » Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:15 pm

Perhaps the tory-dominated Borough Council have a grudge against the Independent PCC who pipped the Tory candidate to the post?

The "non political" post of PCC has seldom proven so in practice.

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