Paul Scully MP: Traveller Human Rights (3.8.2018)

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Dear Mr Paul Scully MP
Following your call for Sutton Council to use ‘Section 61’ to remove the Travellers currently occupying Fairfield Park in Cheam – Sutton Council has confirmed (on Radio Jackie this morning) that only the Police possess this power. In the light of your misjudgement in this matter, I would be very grateful if you could explain what measures you have taken to ensure the Human Rights of the Travellers concerned, including the very young, very old and disabled amongst them, considering the exceptionally high temperatures we are experiencing at the moment. This is important as Sainsburys has closed and locked the gate that would allow the Travellers direct access to food and water.
Yours sincerely
Adrian Wyles
Paul Scully MP did not answer my enquiry – but his assistant – Elliot Colburn – did. the reply is extraordinarily ‘defensive’ and misinformed. Mr Colburn does not seem to know that Sainsburys has pad-locked the gate allowing easy and safe access to its store. Now, the Travellers have to traverse a busy road with no pavement to access the store. This is just another example of Tory ineptitude.
Subject:(Case Ref: PS13701)
Date:Friday, August 03, 2018 14:05

Dear Mr Wyles,

Thank you for your email regarding travellers.

Sutton Council’s statement omitted to mention that section 61 powers are only usable by the police after the Council has taken reasonable steps to evict trespassers.

In regards to the rights of travellers, statutory welfare checks are taken by the local authority after each new incursion before eviction proceedings begin. There is nothing restricting travellers from legally purchasing food and water like everyone else.

Regards,

Elliot

Elliot Colburn
Parliamentary Assistant to Paul Scully MP

Subject:Re: (Case Ref: PS13701)

Date:Friday, August 03, 2018 14:30

Dear Elliot
Thank you for your email.
I would be very grateful if you could convey Mr Paul Scully’s official opinon regarding Sainsburys taking the decision to pad-lock the gate linking Fairfield Park to its store in North Cheam.
Thank you for your time in this matter.
Yours sincerely
Dr Adrian Wyles

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