Res­i­dents use cars to block out trav­ellers

Con­fronta­tion at en­trance to pri­vate land

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

LO­CALS and trav­ellers were in­volved in a stand­off in Bea­cons­field af­ter res­i­dents tried to pre­vent car­a­vans from park­ing on pri­vate land.

Wilton Park res­i­dents used their cars to form a bar­rier across the road on Mon­day night, May 22, to block ac­cess as a con­voy be­gan to make their home on the land.

Around 15 car­a­vans were seen driv­ing through the ac­cess gates off the A40 and across the foot­ball field be­fore park­ing up on Wilton Park, which lies on a pri­vate es­tate with ac­cess lim­ited by two lanes just off the main road.

Res­i­dents who could see them ar­rive got in their cars and formed a bar­rier across both lanes to stop more trav­ellers from en­ter­ing.

The en­trance gates were even­tu­ally closed and the move pre­vented more trav­ellers from join­ing those who had al­ready ar­rived.

Neigh­bour Mike Tay­lor said no one was able to en­ter or leave, and the trav­ellers – some of whom were forced to park out­side the bar­rier – were ar­gu­ing that there were preg­nant women within their group who needed to go to hos­pi­tal.

“I came home from work quite late and had to park my car on the grass be­cause I wasn’t al­lowed in,” the 37-year-old en­gi­neer said. “I live there.” He added “It all got very con­fronta­tional. They were de­mand­ing the cars be moved.

“A large group of trav­ellers started walk­ing down and a con­fronta­tion started.”

Se­cu­rity mea­sures have now been stepped up and Mr Tay­lor added: “We feel like we’re on lock­down at the mo­ment.

“We have to prove who we are be­fore we can get in and out of our homes.We have to have 24/7 se­cu­rity. This is Bea­cons­field – this is un­heard of. The world’s gone mad.”

Mr Tay­lor said this was a lesson for oth­ers to act on, and added: “The res­i­dents were all united which was lovely to see.”

A spokesper­son for In­land Homes, which owns Wilton Park, said: “We will take all nec­es­sary steps to re­move them from the site and we hope that this mat­ter will be re­solved soon.”

‘We feel like we’re on lock­down’: Res­i­dents in Wilton Park (above) drove across the en­trance (right) to pre­vent trav­ellers get­ting on site

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