New car park measures introduced to keep out ‘unauthorised’ traveller encampments


Several new measures have been introduced at a car park in Weston-super-Mare in order to prevent “unauthorised” groups of travellers from camping. North Somerset Council said that it had no choice after facing “constant” issues with the unlawful encampments.

The new measures, which are being introduced at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, include new height restriction barriers.

This, the council hopes, will prevent any vehicles over 1.2 metres from entering the car park.

The measures are meant to target caravans and motorhomes, Bristol Live reported.

However, the council will leave parking spaces at the front of the leisure centre untouched.

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The order was complied with.

People flocked to Hull Live’s Facebook page to share their opinions.

Gillian Louise Hall said: “Live and let live, they’re human beings with a traditional way of living that have on gone on for donkeys’ years, jeez have people got nowt better to moan about?

“Yeah I get some leave places a disgrace which I don’t condone, but my god there’s a bloody war going on, people haven’t got homes, puts this into perspective!”

Paul Blyth also defended the travellers: “Good for them, what a fantastic community. I suppose nobody that’s opposing this has ever been to Hull fair? Same thing, different park.”

But others were not so welcoming.

Francesca Lilly Warburton commented: “I’ve just driven down there and they’re stacking bin bags at the side of the road already.

“Those saying live and let live have no idea of the mess these folk leave behind, they have no respect for anywhere they rock up, and quite frankly, no morally decent resident wants to be living around it.

“Hopefully the council will get them moved ASAP”.

And Paula Sasse said: “Shameful, I witnessed them first-hand last night getting onto the field.

“Poor kids who do football training on there have nowhere to train now”.


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