Trav­ellers evicted from Lidl site again

Rub­bish has to be cleared be­fore build­ing starts

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­

THE Hayes Lidl site was the cen­tre of po­lice ac­tiv­ity once again af­ter trav­ellers set up camp at the spot on Sun­day Jan­uary 29.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice was called to the for­mer swim­ming pool site in Cen­tral Av­enue on the day af­ter Hilling­don Coun­cil were alerted.

The trav­ellers left on the morn­ing of Wed­nes­day Fe­bru­ary 1.

A nearby res­i­dent spoke to getwest­lon­don and claimed the trav­ellers had “smashed their way in”.

She said: “Let’s hope they don’t do the same again and fill it with more rub­bish, still try­ing to get rid of the large rats from the last lot of rub­bish they left.”

A spokesman for the po­lice con­firmed the boarded-up area was dam­aged in or­der for the group to en­ter.

A coun­cil of­fi­cial for Hilling­don said: “Hilling­don Coun­cil has a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to in­va­sions of its land or prop­erty, and our se­cu­rity and en­force­ment teams deal with these matters as quickly as pos­si­ble to pro­tect the in­ter­ests of res­i­dents.

“We worked closely with the po­lice to tackle the is­sue of trav­ellers at the Lidl grounds in Hayes, and all trav­ellers left the site [on Fe­bru­ary 1].”

It is not the first time the site has been oc­cu­pied by trav­ellers.

In May 2016, around 40 car­a­vans were seen camped up in the car park of the boarded-up swim­ming pool site.

Lidl took le­gal ac­tion against the trav­ellers and got the evicted.

Work to clear the site of piles of rub­bish be­gan at the be­gin­ning of Jan­uary.

On Jan­uary 10 a Lidl spokesman said en­campmnt con­firmed the land was be­ing cleared of the rub­bish that had been dumped on it which the su­per­mar­ket thought would take three weeks. Con­struc­tion was due to start this month.

PILED UP: Av­enue Rub­bish pre­vi­ously left at the Lidl site, a for­mer swim­ming pool in Hayes’ Cen­tral

DE­SIGN: Work at the Lidl site in Hayes is due to be­gin this month

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