Following regular contact with the police over the bank holiday weekend, I can now confirm that the unauthorised travellers camp at Bentley Heath park was dispersed by the police under Section 61 powers earlier today. This was made possible due to mounting pressure from local councillors, local residents and I, who have been working to highlight this important issue.
I am aware that some of the travellers have unfortunately relocated to Dorridge Park, but I have been advised by Solihull police that the authorities are looking to use Section 61 powers to move the travellers on again.
Having spoken with our borough Police Commander and senior members of the local council today, I would like to reassure residents that I will continue to closely monitor the situation and will work to resolve this as a matter of urgency.
Dame Caroline Spelman