Vale of Clwyd MP Dr James Davies has welcomed news that travellers who arrived in Prestatyn last week have now moved on and is calling for a meeting with Denbighshire County Council to discuss the process and trigger points for action if, and when, the county is faced with a similar situation in the future.
James received many complaints from businesses and residents after travellers set up camp on the Denbighshire Council-run car park located adjacent to the CookHouse Pub and Carvery in Prestatyn Town Centre last week and consequently he called on the Council to take action to move them on.
The travellers eventually left of their own accord on Tuesday.
Whilst pleased the situation is now resolved and that businesses in the vicinity are no longer being disrupted, James is keen to ensure that Denbighshire is well prepared should the area be faced with a similar situation in the future and has therefore contacted the Council calling for a meeting to discuss ways forward.
“We need to ensure that should a situation such as the one we have just experienced in Prestatyn arise in the future, the Council are in a position to deal with it swiftly to minimise disruption to businesses and residents.
“I know many people in the town were extremely frustrated by the seemingly slow reaction of the Council over the last few days. I appreciate these situations are difficult as there is legislation and guidance that the Council must take account of, but it is vitally important that we learn lessons from this latest experience and work towards putting measures in place to ensure that residents and businesses are not faced with similar problems should the circumstances be repeated.
“I have therefore written to Denbighshire calling for a meeting to discuss the process and trigger points for action if and when similar is repeated in future. I am grateful to the Chief Executive for agreeing to this suggestion.
“In the meantime, I wish to thank Denbighshire County Council for sending their street cleaning team to clear the site so rapidly after the travellers’ departure.”