A group of travellers have set up another illegal encampment in Palmer Park.

Five caravans were pictured at the same Reading site a group were removed from in August.

The news comes as Reading Borough Council agreed to submit a planning application for caravan pitches in Reading.

The council said it was aware of the new encampment in Palmer Park and intend to visit on Wednesday to issue legal documents for the group to leave the land.

A decision to apply for a transit site which can accommodate 14 caravans was intended to reduce the impact of illegal encampments, the council said.

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“It will be a better situation than we are currently in, the police will be able to use increased powers and we will have a legitimate place for people to stop in Reading, which will be a really significant milestone in how we manage this part of our community.

“But we will still need a permanent site and we don’t have land within the borough. We are dependent on our neighbouring authorities being willing to work with us.”

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Permission for a traveller pitch near Thatcham was rejected earlier this month by West Berkshire Council after 280 residents objected to the scheme.

After serving legal documents, Reading Borough Council will await a hearing date from the courts in order to proceed with eviction from Palmer Park.