Traveller family seeks right to live long-term in Five Ashes

A traveller family wants to win the right to live permanently on a site in Five Ashes.

The family of Mr E H Moore have lived in two caravans on land off Stonehurst Lane for 11 years. They have three children aged from three to eight who attend Mayfield nursery and primary schools. Mr Moore trades in horses and says the site provides land where he can keep and breed livestock. He also works as a gardener and wheelie bin cleaner.

In 2007 an appeal inspector overturned Wealden’s refusal to grant consent for the caravans allowing the family to remain on site for four years and later extended under delegated powers for a further four years. That has now expired and the family have applied for permanent occupation or, failing that, an increase in the temporary occupation period.

Although the inspector deemed the application ‘harmful to the character of the countryside’ as it is inside the AONB, that was weighed against a need for traveller sites, pointing out there are none in the area. The consultation ends on December 17.