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"It's common sense."
He said: "You have to provide an alternative place. If you haven't got anywhere else to park, you are going to park illegally.
A call for action has been made following apparent rise in the number of illegal campsites appearing in Peterborough, with at least eight illegal encampments appear on land in the city in a matter of weeks:
The plea has come from Councillor John Fox, member of the council for Werrington North and chairman of a cross party working group set up to consider if an emergency stopping place (or places) could be established for travellers in Peterborough.
An eviction had not happened sooner as officers of the council were investigating who owned the land.
matter would come before the cabinet in "the near future".
His comments were met with concern in some quarters with community leaders claiming Mr Pickles' words 'fanned the flames of anti traveller prejudice'.
He added: "The public will tell you, the councillors will tell you, there's a problem.
In recent weeks there have also been encampments on Fletton Recreation Ground, off Fletton Avenue, another on the ex B site, one off Fulbridge Road and another off Thorpe Road on land owned by Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
until Monday by the council.
"We need to look for a positive solution and that's what the cross party group were doing. We now need to hope action is taken."
ex B site was a "temporary solution". A spokeswoman for Enterprise said a notice was served yesterday instructing a group to vacate the site.
A spokesman for the council said the travellers had "made it clear" they intended to stay in the city over the weekend and the offer of the Omega Constellation Automatic Watch
On Thursday, a group of travellers set up a campsite in Gladstone Park, Omega Seamaster 400 off Bourges Boulevard, but left overnight.
Concern as the number of illegal encampments across Peterborough rises
The more recent of the campsites was set up on the former B site, off East Station Road, on Friday.
The earlier of the two was set up on unadopted land between the A16 and A47 at Dogsthorpe on August 6.
He told the PT the working group has submitted its recommendations to council officers and was now waiting for it to be brought before cabinet.
He said: "We have to find a solution to this problem. We can't afford illegal encampments on playing fields or anywhere else.
Peterborough City Council is being urged to do more to tackle the issue after at least eight illegal encampments were set up in recent weeks.
A number of organisations representing traveller communities were approached by the PT for comment on the issue, but at the time of going to press none had responded to our messages we will print any responses next week.
As of yesterday, there were two illegal campsites still in Peterborough.
A spokeswoman for Enterprise Peterborough, which clears illegal campsites on behalf of the council, said the firm would be directing the travellers there to leave today.
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