Travellers move on to open space in Kingsway
TRAVELLERS have moved into Kingsway.
More than a dozen caravans, plus cars and vans, moved on to land off Naas Lane on bank holiday Monday.
It is believed the group includes the travellers who had previously set up on wasteland at St Oswald’s.
The land is privately owned by Robert Hitchins, which is part of the Quedgeley Urban Village Ltd (QUVL) Consortium developing the site there.
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Andrew Hill, a representative for QUVL, said: “This has happened before a few times. They are trespassing essentially.
“Our project managers have been made aware of this and they are on to it.
“There are certain procedures that need to be followed and they have begun.”
There is a designated traveller site just around the corner in Naas Lane.
In July 2011, a group of travellers camped on land between Naas Lane and Woodvale but left within 24 hours of arriving.
Gloucestershire county councillor Barry Kirby (L, Grange and Kingsway) said: “I know the police are regularly patrolling the area and when this has happened previously, it has not taken long to evict them. It seems that this group has come down from St Oswald’s, from which they were evicted.
“While I have no issues with the travelling community, what I don’t like is the way that public and private space is abused and particularly when it is left in a terrible state, as we have seen on the likes of Plock Court.
“I will also be asking questions of the county council to determine the strategy for dealing with this issue, which seems to be getting worse rather than better. Considering there is a site just on Naas Lane that is not used, and other such locations, why do we have to end up in this situation?”
Over at St Oswald’s, behind Tesco, Gloucester City Council has been cleaning up rubbish left by the travellers. A spokesman for the council said: “We visited them when they were there and gave them black bin bags to use, which they did. Those have now been collected.”
The group at St Oswald’s was handed an eviction notice from Gloucester City Council ordering them to pack up by 4pm last Thursday.
No one from the traveller group would comment.