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|Legal action has been taken against travellers that have moved onto a picturesque coastal car park.
A group of seven caravans have set up home at Cliff Top car park in Penarth .
On Monday, the Vale of Glamorgan Council issued an official warning to the group who arrived over the weekend.
But the travellers have failed to leave the car park overlooking the sea and it has now been closed to the public.
On Wednesday a spokesman for the Vale of Glamorgan Council said legal action has been taken to remove the travellers.
South Wales Police have been informed and are assessing the situation.
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A spokesman for the Vale of Glamorgan said: “The Council has taken legal action to evict the group of travellers that are occupying the Cliff Top car park in Penarth.
“Proceedings are progressing and it is hoped they can be removed before the weekend.
“The group entered the area on Sunday and were advised by Council officers that their stay was unauthorised, unlawful and would not be tolerated.
“There is a strict process that must be followed in the event of the occupation of land by gypsy and traveller groups and once this has been completed the travellers will be given a deadline by which to leave the site.”
Councillor John Thomas, leader of Vale of Glamorgan council, said: “The occupation of council land in this way is completely unacceptable. The area was not designed for this purpose and the presence of this group is preventing other law-abiding residents from using it.
“We are taking this matter extremely seriously and are doing everything possible to ensure it can be resolved as quickly as possible.”
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David Barclay, South Wales Police local policing inspector, said: “South Wales Police is aware of concerns regarding travellers at Clifftop Parade and is working with the Vale of Glamorgan Council to appropriately manage the situation.”
Plymouth ward councillor Benjamin Gray described the situation as “disappointing” for visitors to the area during the Easter holidays.
He said: “I think it’s pretty much at the same time as it happened the previous year. It isn’t the first time.
“If you get good weather it’s the perfect place to explore the cliff tops by the new play ground.
“It’s disappointing for families.
“I have been kept up to date with the council and we are looking forward to a speedy resolution.
Posting on social media, leader of the Welsh Conservaties Andrew RT Davies said tougher measures were needed to deter the travellers.
The South Wales Central AM said: “It’s completely unacceptable that Cliff Top car park in Penarth has been closed because an illegal travellers’ camp has been set up.
“Tough action must be taken against these trespassers to create an example and a stronger deterrent against such camps.”
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