Vol­un­teers thanked for clear­ing up mess left by trav­ellers

Dur­ing the en­camp­ment res­i­dents felt the area be­came ‘no go’ zone

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

At around 9.45pm on Tues­day July 18, a group of at least 60 trav­ellers set up in the town just one day af­ter the start of the school hol­i­days.

Trav­ellers re­moved wooden posts in or­der to gain ac­cess to the land, which chil­dren and dog walk­ers were urged to avoid dur­ing their 24hour stay.

Parish Coun­cil­lor Karen Dick­son, of the Cen­tral ward, said the town was for­tu­nate the trav­ellers moved on by Thursday morn­ing.

“Thanks to the dili­gence and ef­forts of our parish coun­cil­lors and staff, par­tic­u­larly Head Hay­war­den Mike Stevens, Chal­font St Pe­ter was for­tu­nate that the car­a­vans left Gold Hill Com­mon and moved on within 24 hours,” she said.

“We are also grate­ful to Thames Val­ley Po­lice and Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil, par­tic­u­larly Coun­cil­lor Iso­bel Darby, for their ef­forts in deal­ing with the evic­tion.”

Af­ter the large group of car­a­vans moved on, lo­cal vol­un­teers set to work on clear­ing the mess left be­hind by the trav­ellers.

Ms Dick­son added: “The mess left be­hind was swiftly cleared by our Hay­war­dens and a team from Chiltern, and lo­cal res­i­dents were soon able to en­joy our com­mon again. Our parish coun­cil wishes to thank all con­cerned for their ef­forts and prompt action.”

While the il­le­gal en- camp­ment was set up in Gold­hill Com­mon, one vil­lager claimed the area was a “com­plete no go zone”.

The lo­cal res­i­dent, who did not want to be named, said: “I counted at least sixty car­a­vans and more have been ar­riv­ing through­out the morn­ing.

“Kids are run­ning around bare­foot and half­clothed, us­ing the grass as a toi­let. Grown men are walk­ing around top­less and one was speed­ing across the com­mon in his new Mercedes.”

She added: “For this to hap­pen at the start of the sum­mer hol­i­days is up­set­ting for fam­i­lies whose chil­dren play on the com­mon. It is a com­plete no go zone now.”

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