Trav­ellers set up camp at beauty spot

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK kirsten.beacock@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

PLANS to stop trav­ellers set­ting up camp at a pop­u­lar beauty spot have been scup­pered – af­ter they turned up be­fore block­ades could be put in place.

For the fourth time in six months trav­ellers have camped at the bot­tom of Ferry Hill, just off the A47 at Cas­tor, next to the north­ern en­trance to Ferry Mead­ows coun­try park.

Their ar­rival has pro­voked anger among lo­cal res­i­dents.

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, the High­ways Agency, Cas­tor Parish Coun­cil and ward coun­cil­lors had been look­ing at plans to put con­crete bol­lards at the site to pre­vent the car­a­vans get­ting ac­cess, fol­low­ing their last visit at the end of April.

Coun­cil work­ers had al­ready put some mounds of soil down in an ini­tial at­tempt to thwart the con­voy.

Con­crete posts were due to be put in this week.

But the trav­ellers ar­rived on Mon­day night, be­fore work could be done.

John Holdich, ward councillor for Glin­ton and Wit­ter­ing, which in­cludes Cas­tor, said: “I un­der­stand there were plans to do some work to stop up the road this week but it looks like they have beaten us to it.

“We were in­tend­ing to put some con­crete blocks down but will have to wait now. There was soil down but they have rid­den com­pletely over it.

“I walked down there to the site, as they are parked on the road near the car park and it is not nice to walk through it.”

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil had pre­vi­ously looked into height and weight bar­ri­ers for the site, but the idea was ve­toed by the High­ways Agency be­cause it could stop le­git­i­mate ve­hi­cles get­ting ac­cess.

Cas­tor Parish Councillor Wil­liam Bax­ter said he thought the soil plan had been rather op­ti­mistic.

How­ever, he said the parish coun- cil had worked pos­i­tively with the city coun­cil to try to stop the trav­ellers gain­ing ac­cess.

Mr Bax­ter said: “You have to re­mem­ber this is a very busy road which is used by a lot of traf­fic and the city coun­cil are work­ing with high­ways and are do­ing what they can with limited re­sources.

“The road is busy as the users in­clude fish­er­men, dog walk­ers and-jog­gers – and on top of that there is a huge amount of com­muters who use the route to cy­cle to work.

“When I walked down there to­day the vis­i­tor’s dogs were teth­ered and there were no chil­dren about but I know both mo­torists and cy­clists worry that loose dogs and chil­dren play­ing near the car­a­vans can make it haz­ardous and un­safe.

“We have a ten­ant who grazes cat­tle down there and we had two wor­ried res­i­dents call us when they saw two cows chok­ing on plas­tic bags left be­hind last time.

“For­tu­nately they were ok but the lit­ter left be­hind is an is­sue.”

The city coun­cil con­firmed they have given an evic­tion no­tice to the trav­ellers, who must leave by Fri­day.

IL­LE­GAL CAMP: Trav­ellers car­a­vans on the old A47 which leads to Mil­ton Ferry Bridge.

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