Residents to discuss traveller concerns at public meeting

Residents to discuss traveller concerns at public meeting

By Adele Forrest | 20/07/2021

Residents to discuss traveller concerns at public meeting

 

AN OPEN-air public meeting will be held at a park this week to address ongoing concerns around travellers pitching up at the site.

Travellers have twice visited Greasbrough Recreation Ground in the last two months — prompting a wave of complaints to local councillors, mainly around anti-social behaviour.

Ward councillors Rob Elliott and Sarah Allen, who is also RMBC deputy leader, will be holding a meeting in the park on Thursday (22) at 6pm.

Cllr Elliott said: “It’s just about the issue of travellers because we have had that many emails and messages asking “Why can’t you do something about it?’

“So we are going to have this meeting. 

“Anybody can come and ask questions — bring a chair.”

A vandalised, abandoned car was found at the recreation ground along with litter and a damaged bin and bench after a fleet of caravans left the site two weeks ago.

Enforcement action was taken by the police and council before the group moved on to Barkers Park, Kimberworth Park, after reportedly breaking locks to gain access.

Caravans were also recently parked at Catcliffe Recreation Ground.

Cllr Elliott said residents who lived near to other affected parks were welcome to attend and he hoped council officers and a police representative would also be available to speak.

Information will be given around what to do when travellers arrive at a site and what powers the authorities have.

“People’s main concerns are anti-social behaviour, littering, human waste,” said Cllr Elliott. “Any questions people have, we will try and answer them.”

The Greasbrough councillors have also asked for the seminar on what to do when travellers arrive at a site to be given to all 59 RMBC councillors.

“We have asked for it to be given, myself and Cllr Allen, because we have been facing the brunt of it in the last few weeks,” he added.


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