EARTH MOUNDS TO STOP TRAVELLERS
MOUNDS of earth have been placed in a Beaconsfield road in a bid to keep travellers out of the area.
Earth bunds have been installed along Windsor End, which it is hoped will prevent travellers from illegally driving their vehicles onto the land.
Bucks County Council deposited the earth which will be covered in top soil and seeded so it takes on the appearance of grassy banking.
Gerrards Cross Parish Council welcomed bunds in Colston Court, which has so far proved successful in stopping travellers from driving onto the site, as they had previously been doing.
At the time, parish council chairman Chris Brown said: “It’s basically a message to stop them getting back on there, so hopefully we have made that secure.
“When you get that sort of thing it is quite intimidating. There’s a children’s play area there and sheltered accommodation. I think it was putting people off from using the play area.”
Beaconsfield Old Town Resident’s Association has raised concerns about the bunds adding to parking problems, especially for the nearby rugby club on match days.
However, in a blog post on its website, it said that it could see that the bunds would be effective in stopping travellers.
The post said: “The bunds are of course a sign of our times. Many were not wanting traveller incursions in the Old Town and in speaking with the contractors, they say that posts simply get pulled up out of the ground by travellers and the only effective measures are these bunds.
“Until legislation to effectively and speedily cope with traveller incursions on land are developed, these measures are dramatic additions to our town. A sad fact of modern rural living it seems.”
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Blockade: Bunds built in Windsor End, Beaconsfield to keep travellers out