Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Jack­_84_A­bell

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

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