BUND BLOCK­ADE

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: TRHer­bert

An earth bund has been built in Ger­rards Cross in a bid to pre­vent trav­ellers from set­tling in the area.

The de­ci­sion was reached af­ter the parish coun­cil feared trav­ellers would re­turn to grass­land, on East Com­mon, de­spite their re­moval by court or­der on Sun­day, Septem­ber 27.

The em­bank­ment made of soil de­signed to act like a wall was built to­wards the end of last week.

The land be­longs to the parish coun­cil and there were con­cerns about it among mem­bers of the public as the area is close to a chil­dren’s play area and shel­tered ac­com­mo­da­tion.

On be­half of the parish coun­cil, the county coun­cil’s Gypsy and Trav­eller Ser­vice served a land owner’s no­tice which was not com­plied with.

Trav­ellers were served a di­rec­tion no­tice on Septem­ber 17 which gave them un­til Septem­ber 20 to leave.

As they did not com­ply, a court or­der was served on Septem­ber 25 giv­ing the trav­ellers un­til Septem­ber 27 to leave, which they did.

Parish coun­cil chair­man Chris Brown said he hopes this will see an end to the is­sue.

“That’s ba­si­cally a mes­sage to stop them get­ting back on there, so hope­fully we have made that se­cure. That was hap­pen­ing over the last week. They started to­wards the end of last week and they have been work­ing on it un­til a cou­ple of days ago,” he said.

He added: “I re­ally do hope it’s an end to it re­ally. When you get that sort of thing it is quite in­tim­i­dat­ing. There’s a chil­dren’s play area and shel­tered ac­com­mo­da­tion. I think it was putting peo­ple off from us­ing the play area.

There were also con­cerns the en­camp­ment would dis­rupt the an­nual jum­ble sale, which took place on Septem­ber 25 and 26.

Mr Brown said: “At the mo­ment the bund is there but it doesn’t look very nice. We need to have a de­ci­sion at the next coun­cil meet­ing.

“We want to grass it over but ob­vi­ously we need to keep ev­ery­thing there and we hope there’s not a re­oc­cur­rence.”

Moved on: Trav­ellers on the site be­fore the bund was built

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