Public Meeting

25th November 2016

Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, will be chairing a public meeting to discuss unauthorised traveller encampments.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 15 December 2016 at St Matthew’s Church, Southcote Lane at 7pm.

The meeting will be attended by Superintendent Stan Gilmour, Area Commander for Reading Borough at Thames Valley Police. An invitation has also been extended to Simon Warren, Interim Managing Director of Reading Borough Council.

Alok is organising the meeting at the request of local residents who have reported being subjected to various forms of anti-social behaviour and threats by groups of travellers who have been camping unlawfully in a number of locations across west Reading.

During the meeting, Superintendent Stan Gilmour will explain how the Police seek to resolve problems relating to unauthorised encampments and there will be an opportunity for local residents to ask questions.

Alok Sharma said: “Over the last few months, Prospect Park and a number of other sites in my constituency have faced repeated intrusions by travellers setting up illegal encampments and local residents are understandably keen to see this issue resolved on a permanent basis. I have therefore organised a public meeting for the Council and the Police to explain to local residents what action they are taking.”

Alok continued: “I am very pleased that Superintendent Stan Gilmour, Area Commander for Reading Borough at Thames Valley Police, has immediately confirmed his attendance and I hope that with three weeks’ notice that the Managing Director of Reading Borough Council will also be able to attend this meeting personally.”

Alok concluded: “Everyone is welcome to attend the public meeting on 15 December, but to assist with planning, I would be grateful if you could get in touch via alok.sharma.mp@parliament.uk or 0118 941 3803 to indicate whether you hope to attend.”