Travellers are shifted from park

Travellers said they had set up camp at Lydiard Park to visit a family funeral

Travellers said they had set up camp at Lydiard Park to visit a family funeral

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THE Lydiard Park travellers have been moved on a matter of days after setting up camp at the West Swindon beauty spot.

At around midnight on Friday, the family of travellers took over a corner of the fields with approximately seven caravans and a small pony.

The group said they were visiting the area for a family funeral and would be moving on, but by the first morning of their visit a number of complaints had been logged by the police and passed on to the park warden.

Police visited the site on the first day and continued to monitor the situation alongside Swindon Council officers. Now that the group has been moved on, officers will visit the site again to assess any environmental impact left during the visit and take any action necessary.

Coun Cindy Matthews, (Lab, Lydiard and Freshbrook), liaised with police about the issue and said the group had most likely recently been evicted from the town centre before settling at Lydiard.

“I think they were probably the same travellers that were in the town centre just before that and got moved on,” she said.

“They were moved from the town centre shortly before they appeared at Lydiard Park, so it stands to reason that it was probably the same group.

“I imagine this will be welcome to a lot of people. I gather there were quite a few complaints made to the police and it was the police who informed the park warden about it.

“Obviously a lot of people do get quite worried when something like this happens, sometimes a bit unnecessarily in my view. It will come as a relief to many people that they have moved on.”

It is now the responsibility of the council to visit the site and organise any clean-up operation.

A spokesman for Swindon Council said: “Where a traveller encampment is reported on council land, we aim to visit the site within the first full working day.

“During this visit, a council officer will attempt to identify the group and establish its purpose and intentions. In complying with the legal obligations incumbent on all local authorities, the officer will also gather information in regard to the health, education and welfare of the group.

“When the group finally move on from Swindon Borough Council land, a council officer will attend the venue and assess if there has been any environmental impact on the location and if any action appears necessary will report findings to the relevant services.”

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8:13am Tue 26 Aug 14

House with no name says...

Don't kid yourself - they moved on voluntarily after the Bank Holiday as opposed to having been moved on - There is a difference you know.
Don't kid yourself - they moved on voluntarily after the Bank Holiday as opposed to having been moved on - There is a difference you know. House with no name
  • Score: 20

9:08am Tue 26 Aug 14

Robh says...

But where are they now?
But where are they now? Robh
  • Score: 6

9:49am Tue 26 Aug 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Robh wrote:
But where are they now?
Excellent question,,,,
The ultimate example of nimbiyism as soon as they are gone nobody cares as long as they are gone.
A thing that has protected a way of life for decades.
[quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: But where are they now?[/p][/quote]Excellent question,,,, The ultimate example of nimbiyism as soon as they are gone nobody cares as long as they are gone. A thing that has protected a way of life for decades. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -5

10:03am Tue 26 Aug 14

Oldtownmum says...

We were out walking the dog and saw them all driving off yesterday morning. Look voluntary to me, no sign of any officials
We were out walking the dog and saw them all driving off yesterday morning. Look voluntary to me, no sign of any officials Oldtownmum
  • Score: 14

10:45am Tue 26 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Maybe they left quietly to avoid prosecution for who knows what?nobody there,nobody to arrest.
Maybe they left quietly to avoid prosecution for who knows what?nobody there,nobody to arrest. Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: 13

11:19am Tue 26 Aug 14

The Real Librarian says...

Alan Bast*rd wrote:
Maybe they left quietly to avoid prosecution for who knows what?nobody there,nobody to arrest.
Travellers?
Arrested!

Really?
[quote][p][bold]Alan Bast*rd[/bold] wrote: Maybe they left quietly to avoid prosecution for who knows what?nobody there,nobody to arrest.[/p][/quote]Travellers? Arrested! Really? The Real Librarian
  • Score: 11

12:10pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Mukkin says...

Maybe one of their supporters on here kindly gave them their drive or back yard to park in :-D
Maybe one of their supporters on here kindly gave them their drive or back yard to park in :-D Mukkin
  • Score: 6

12:34pm Tue 26 Aug 14

farmer61 says...

Robh wrote:
But where are they now?
Shaw Forest park as of yesterday evening..!
[quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: But where are they now?[/p][/quote]Shaw Forest park as of yesterday evening..! farmer61
  • Score: 9

12:39pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

The Real Librarian wrote:
Alan Bast*rd wrote:
Maybe they left quietly to avoid prosecution for who knows what?nobody there,nobody to arrest.
Travellers?
Arrested!

Really?
We can only hope.
[quote][p][bold]The Real Librarian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alan Bast*rd[/bold] wrote: Maybe they left quietly to avoid prosecution for who knows what?nobody there,nobody to arrest.[/p][/quote]Travellers? Arrested! Really?[/p][/quote]We can only hope. Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: 6

2:10pm Tue 26 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

Badgersgetabadname wrote:
Robh wrote:
But where are they now?
Excellent question,,,,
The ultimate example of nimbiyism as soon as they are gone nobody cares as long as they are gone.
A thing that has protected a way of life for decades.
A very good point that unsurprisingly attracted negative thumbs. Deep down everyone is a two faced nimby, none more so that the liberal left who bleat on about human rights and helping everyone in sight as long as it isn't in their back garden. It is the same with problem families and individuals, they get a court order banning them from Swindon so they become someone else's problem!

But yes it does protect their way of life but what is the answer then? They want to travel but have no legal rights to stop anywhere without permission. To me the onus should still be on the traveller not to abuse the law and we need stronger laws that can move people on, traveller or otherwise pretty much instantly if the are trespassing!
[quote][p][bold]Badgersgetabadname[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: But where are they now?[/p][/quote]Excellent question,,,, The ultimate example of nimbiyism as soon as they are gone nobody cares as long as they are gone. A thing that has protected a way of life for decades.[/p][/quote]A very good point that unsurprisingly attracted negative thumbs. Deep down everyone is a two faced nimby, none more so that the liberal left who bleat on about human rights and helping everyone in sight as long as it isn't in their back garden. It is the same with problem families and individuals, they get a court order banning them from Swindon so they become someone else's problem! But yes it does protect their way of life but what is the answer then? They want to travel but have no legal rights to stop anywhere without permission. To me the onus should still be on the traveller not to abuse the law and we need stronger laws that can move people on, traveller or otherwise pretty much instantly if the are trespassing! house on the hill
  • Score: 5

10:47pm Tue 26 Aug 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

Im told they have now moved on, to the shaw ridge forest area, but if these people want to live these kind of lives, then so be it good for them, don't expect their children will get much of an education, they never seem to be using run down caravans or vehicles, (I wont mention tax discs), if they were at the last place for say 4 days, what were they using for toilets etc, did they leave a mess etc. do want you want, but don't expect others to fund your lifestyle..
Im told they have now moved on, to the shaw ridge forest area, but if these people want to live these kind of lives, then so be it good for them, don't expect their children will get much of an education, they never seem to be using run down caravans or vehicles, (I wont mention tax discs), if they were at the last place for say 4 days, what were they using for toilets etc, did they leave a mess etc. do want you want, but don't expect others to fund your lifestyle.. FLOGGITLAD
  • Score: 2

12:44pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Apparently the tinkers have removed the height restriction sign at Shaw forest which is criminal damage, have churned the grass up and have dogs and horses running about.
Apparently the tinkers have removed the height restriction sign at Shaw forest which is criminal damage, have churned the grass up and have dogs and horses running about. Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: 4

2:25pm Thu 28 Aug 14

BeagleWalker says...

Yes they boltcutted their way through the height restriction at Shaw Forest park and also forced their way through the farmers gate. When I reported to Police apparently they had no other reports. Disgraceful really, as I know there are loads of dog walkers at Shaw and yet I was the first to report! And yet they are still there - why should they be allowed to stay in the first place, even for a funeral? I cant break an entry and lodge wherever the fudge I like!!!
Yes they boltcutted their way through the height restriction at Shaw Forest park and also forced their way through the farmers gate. When I reported to Police apparently they had no other reports. Disgraceful really, as I know there are loads of dog walkers at Shaw and yet I was the first to report! And yet they are still there - why should they be allowed to stay in the first place, even for a funeral? I cant break an entry and lodge wherever the fudge I like!!! BeagleWalker
  • Score: 1

3:22pm Thu 28 Aug 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

just show them the open road and saym, ... your travellers, so travel.......
just show them the open road and saym, ... your travellers, so travel....... FLOGGITLAD
  • Score: 0

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