Travellers have set up camp in a restaurant car park in Coventry.

It is thought they arrived at the car park of the Wing Wah Chinese restaurant in the A45 yesterday (Saturday, November 28).

The encampment consists of four caravans and a number of vehicles.
Cars which were part of the encampment were toing and froing from the site when CoventryLive visited the site.

The travellers were spotted on Saturday. One man who lives locally said he saw them on the car park at around 4pm on Saturday afternoon.

Local councillors have been made aware of the encampment.

It is not known whether officers at Coventry City Council have been informed but it is believed the car park is private land, meaning whatever action taken is the responsibility of the landowner.

The Wing Wah restaurant is currently closed and has not opened during lockdown.

It is not known whether the Travellers at the Winmg Wah car park are those who set up camp in Tile Hill last week.

Coventry City Council took court action over several Traveller encampments set up on public land in the city over the summer.

In the last five years the authority has spent £229,730 on legal fees, repairs and clean-up operations on handling unauthorised encampments.

Opposition Conservative members on the council have described the ongoing situation as a game of “cat and mouse” and have called for more to be done find an alternative to an official  transit site at Siskin Drive.

Councillors discussed the possibility of a new purpose-built transit site in 2017 but there has been no further public meeting since.

A spokesman for the authority previously said: “We are constantly reviewing the way we address unauthorised encampments in the city, and although we have had a number of encampments this spring and summer these are a similar number to 2018 – and both are as a result of a longer and more sustained drier period.

“Siskin Drive is a permanent travellers site and we are considering options for it going forward. These will be considered by councillors in the near future.”

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