Call for rave site to be protected
By thisislocallondon – Friday 16 March 2001
Chessington residents are worried that Tolworth Court Farm was vulnerable to invasion of travellers after it emerged that no money had been set aside to shore up its defences.
Jim Taylor, chairman of the Chessington District resident association, expressed residents fears during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
This years budget settlement did not renew the £40,000 which was made available to protect the site after it was invaded by ravers last summer. Mr Taylor said: The site is currently vulnerable to invasion from gypsies. What we want is protection for this site such as earth bounds. Last year it cost the council £20,000 to clear the mess left by the ravers.
Councillors said an emergency response action plan which had been introduced recently would ensure that swift action was taken in the event of an invasion.