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‘It’s like playing cat and mouse’ says business owner as travellers move around Manor Royal, Crawley

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Security across Manor Royal has been tightened as businesses secure their car parks.

Some say they should be left alone but to business owners who are affected by their presence it is a different story.

Since the beginning of the week several sites across Crawley have found themselves coping with new residents as the yearly arrival of travellers comes to the area.

In the past week alone travellers have so far camped up on West Green Park, near St Mary’s and at two sites around Manor Royal.

West Sussex Council along with Crawley Borough Council have acted as fast as they could to take action but it has taken 48 hours before deadlines were able to be reached for the travellers to be moved on.

But in Manor Royal it has been a large headache for several businesses who found their car parks taken over by caravans and kids playing.

The site on Gatwick Road.

No sooner did they manage to get security in and the caravans move on than the air is filled with police sirens as reports of travellers moving onto derelict land only a few hundred yards down the road on Gatwick Road.

What makes the Gatwick Road site more unusual is that it is owned by Surrey County Council and not Sussex which may delay action although a source at Surrey County Council said they were aware of the situation and were taking action.

One business owner based on the first site who asked be kept anonymous said:

“It’s a bloody joke. It’s like playing cat and mouse. They will just keep moving around and no-one seems to be able to do anything quickly. The mess they have left is sickening and they wonder why they get a bad reputation?”

The mess left at one Manor Royal office after the caravans left.

With the travellers currently setup on West Green Park given a deadline of 10:30am to move on the question being asked is where will they move to next and why is more not being done to protect businesses and residents from feeling invaded.

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Crawley Council Leader agrees to meet with opposition party to resolve towns leadership situation

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The leader of Crawley Borough Council, Peter Lamb, has agreed to meet with the towns opposition party, the Conservatives after an invite was extended in response the Mr Lambs call for a motion of no confidence.

In what has been a very tense time across the town politically for the past week, with two Councillors leaving the Labour party resulting in the party have a minority council, another step forward has been made for the council to come to an agreement of how it will continue for the rest of the year.

In a letter replying to Conservative Leader Duncan Crow, Peter Lamb says:

“We belong to different parties of very different beliefs, beliefs which in any ordinary circumstances would make joint-working impossible… However, current circumstances are far from ordinary…Recent events mean that no such majority exists.

We owe it to the town to resolve the current impasse. Consequently the Labour Group has asked that I take up your offer of talks to see what, if any, agreement can be reached.”

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