Coun­cil must ad­dress trav­eller pitches is­sue

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This week the PT has re­ceived a num­ber of com­plaints from read­ers on the sub­ject of il­le­gal en­camp­ments at var­i­ous sites across the city. Mem­bers of the trav­el­ling com­mu­nity have the right to live their lives as they choose and that right should be de­fended. But city res­i­dents also have the right to use their lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties un­in­ter­rupted by ve­hi­cles and in some in­stances rub­bish. In one in­stance a youth foot­ball train­ing ses­sion was aban­doned when a ve­hi­cle moved across the pitch - that is not ac­cept­able. It’s hard for peo­ple to un­der­stand why no im­me­di­ate po­lice ac­tion was taken when that in­ci­dent hap­pened and why it takes so long to re­solve the prob­lem when an il­le­gal en­camp­ment is set up in a park or near foot­ball pitches. Many res­i­dents have con­tacted us to ex­press their deep anger and frus­tra­tion at the state of some pub­lic ar­eas in the city af­ter an il­le­gal en­camp­ment has been moved on. There are many ex­am­ples of trav­eller en­camp­ments where rub­bish is not left ev­ery­where - so when ar­eas are left rub­bish-strewn and filthy it is no won­der peo­ple be­come so frus­trated and an­gry. The fact is that there is very lit­tle pro­vi­sion in the city for tem­po­rary trav­eller pitches. Set­ting up suit­able sites has been an is­sue that has been ‘tack­led’ many times by the city coun­cil over the last decade and yet is still un­re­solved. With ap­pro­pri­ate pro­vi­sion for tem­po­rary pitches il­le­gal en­camp­ments can be moved on and trav­ellers can stop over with­out mov­ing on to pub­lic ar­eas.

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