Writing to Cllr Peter Hicks, the portfolio holder for community safety, Mark Reckless stressed the need for action to be taken as swiftly as possible to move on the group who caused disruption to stallholders at Saturday’s Strood Market which operates on the car park site.
Mark Reckless said:
“This camp has caused considerable disruption not just to local residents, but to hard-pressed traders who use Strood Market. The camp has now been in place for five days and there was no sign of council activity when I visited the site this morning to see what action was being taken to move these people on.
It is completely unacceptable that so many local people and businesses are being inconvenienced by a small group of travellers who have camped illegally. Medway Council has had more than enough time to deal with this and the suggestion that the market should have closed on Saturday was completely unacceptable.
I am calling on the portfolio holder to get a grip on this and evict these travellers as soon as possible.”