Failed pol­icy on trav­el­ling com­mu­nity

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, Coun­cils are be­ing urged to work to­gether to deal with unau­tho­rised trav­eller sites fol­low­ing new Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment guid­ance. What a cheek! It was Alex Sal­mond who in­structed the po­lice not to get in­volved and leave it to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and land- own­ers.

This meant that those af­fected had to take le­gal ac­tion.

The trav­ellers even­tu­ally moved on, leav­ing piles of filth which had to be cleared away at con­sid­er­able cost.

Un­til there are harsh penal­ties, the trav­el­ling com­mu­nity will con­tinue to set up camp wher­ever they like.

Stop­ping wel­fare ben­e­fits would be a start.

Only with such pres­sure will the trav­ellers then use the spe­cially pro­vided coun­cil fa­cil­i­ties paid for by the tax­payer.

This decades-long prob­lem is an­other Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment fail­ure – not the coun­cils. Clark Cross, 138 Spring­field Road, Lin­lith­gow.

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