On Wednesday 16 August, a group of Travellers set up camp in Baird Road, Arborfield. The land on which the encampment lies is owned by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, part of the Ministry of Defence, and is not part of the Arborfield Green development.
We understand that DIO attended site to serve notice on the Travellers on Saturday 19 August. As the Travellers have not responded, we are advised that the DIO are now commencing legal proceedings to enforce an eviction.
Two horses have been left to graze on land owned by Redrow, who have commissioned GRC Equine Bailiffs to issue a horse seizure warning notice. If the horses remain on-site after the expiry of this notice, they will be removed by the bailiffs and rehomed.
We are aware of a separate incident where a young foal was found to be very ill and was rescued by a local equine charity called SAFE, who have organised veterinary care.
Crest Nicholson appreciates that there is a considerable amount of concern in the community about these issues and we will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide support to both the DIO and Redrow with a view to restoring lawful use of the site as soon as possible.
Further enquiries should be directed to;
DIO Press Office: 0121 311 2400
Redrow: 01256 442159