Coun­cil is un­able to stop trav­ellers re­turn­ing to park

Gloucestershire Echo - - IN BRIEF - robin.jenk­[email protected]­plc.com Robin JENK­INS

CHEL­TENHAM Bor­ough Coun­cil has ad­mit­ted it is pow­er­less to stop trav­ellers com­ing back to Pittville Park.

Mem­bers of a group left the Chel­tenham park last Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 7, hav­ing been on part of it off Tommy Tay­lor’s Lane since Mon­day when they set up an unau­tho­rised camp.

Their de­par­ture fol­lowed the coun­cil get­ting an evic­tion no­tice from the town’s mag­is­trates be­cause they did not leave when asked to by the au­thor­ity.

It was the sec­ond time in two years that trav­ellers had set up camp on that part of the park, which is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to ve­hi­cles from Tommy Tay­lor’s Lane and Albe­marle Gate,

Asked if the coun­cil planned to do any­thing to phys­i­cally stop the same thing hap­pen­ing in the fu­ture, it said it did not.

A coun­cil spokes­woman said: “The open na­ture of Pittville Park means that it’s im­prac­ti­cal to add a phys­i­cal bar­rier around the boundary with­out also ob­struct­ing public ac­cess and ru­in­ing

its beau­ti­ful listed land­scape. For now the coun­cil re­lies upon prompt en­force­ment of the law to make sure that un­law­ful trav­eller camps move on quickly.”

There are four ded­i­cated coun­cilowned sites for use by trav­ellers in the county. There are also many pri­vately owned sites.

The county coun­cil owned sites are: Wil­lows, Sand­hurst Lane, Glouces­ter, 46 plots; Cursey Lane, Elm­stone Hard­wicke, 19 plots; Show­bor­ough, Twyn­ing near Tewkes­bury, 10 plots; Culk­er­ton, near Tet­bury, 4 plots.

All of the coun­cil-owned sites are full cur­rently and there is a wait­ing list.

Trav­ellers at Pittville Park last sum­mer

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