Travellers spend two nights on playing field
Travellers set up camp on a playing field near an Ashford supermarket.
About 10 caravans were first spotted by nearby residents on Scrapes field, in Herbert Road, on Monday night.
They were still at the site – near Asda and Ashford Designer Outlet – first thing yesterday (Wednesday) but left later in the morning.
Cllr David Smith, who represents the South Willesborough ward on Ashford Borough Council, said: “The residents in that area have been very good at letting me know what was happening.
“I was told very quickly when the first caravans arrived, and the residents have responded well to the actions taking place.
“Just last month I went out to the area to identify all the vulnerable places.
“We used to have sump-cutters, which are small posts, put in the fields which contractors could lower with a special key to get on to the field.
“However, the keys got lost so people were pulling the posts out whenever they needed access. This meant they got really loose. Although it would have been a simple repair job, this never happened.”
It is believed the travellers accessed the field through the area by the basketball court.
Cllr Smith said: “The council has started protecting its fields and I’m very pleased that they are doing this work.
“I do recognise the fields by Herbert Road as vulnerable areas – the adjoining land to Scrapes field has been fully protected.
“We’ve recently put all new fencing in the field and it’s protected with a new gate instead of sump-cutters.”
A spokesman from Ashford Borough Council said: “We have taken swift action on this. Officers from our housing team have been out to the site and, as they have to by law, they have carried out the relevant welfare checks.
“They issued the travellers with a notice to leave the site by Wednesday morning.”
Travellers moved on to a field on Herbert Road
The basketball court where travellers accessed the site
Cllr David Smith