Travellers set up camp on common land
Residents warned to ‘be vigilant’ by councillor
A group of “at least 60” travellers set up camp on common land in Chalfont St Peter last week.
Dozens of caravans and cars moved onto Goldhill Common at about 9.45pm on Tuesday July 18.
Chalfont St Peter Parish Council urged children and dog walkers to avoid the area amid a series of warnings from groups and Thames Valley Police (TVP) on social media.
The travellers reportedly removed wooden posts to gain access to the land, which is owned by the parish council and close to a playground.
Villagers were asked on Twitter to remain vigilant by Chiltern District councillor Isobel Darby and were told at around 9.10am on Tuesday that “the wheels are in motion” to remove them.
Speaking on the morning of the incursion one villager, who did not want to be named, said: “I counted at least 60 caravans and more [were] arriving throughout the morning.
“Kids [were] running around barefoot and halfclothed, using the grass as a toilet.
“Grown men [were] walking around topless and one was speeding across the common in his new Mercedes.”
She said that children could no longer use the playground throughout Wednesday (July 19) as it had been “completely taken over” by travellers.
And added: “For this to happen at the start of the summer holidays is upsetting for families whose children play on the common.
“It [was] a complete nogo zone.”
A Chalfont St Peter Parish Council spokesman said: “The parish council are as disappointed as our village residents that our common had been occupied.
“Fortunately we were notified early and so our parish councillors and staff were able to act quickly to start the application for eviction. Our Thanks to TVP for their assistance.”
A spokesman for TVP said: “We had a report about 9.45pm on Tuesday July 18.
“There were a number of caravans and cars arriving on Goldhill Common.
“The land is owned by the parish council. There was mediation between the police, the council and the group.
“The first report was about 20 caravans.”
TVP issued those who were illegally occupying the common an eviction notice to leave by 10am on Thursday July 20.
Most had reportedly left overnight and the final caravan was removed at around 1.30pm.
Kids are running around barefoot and half-clothed, using the grass as a toilet
Councillor Isobel Darby took this picture of the travellers