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Travellers in Quedgeley say they could stay for a month but they have nowhere to put their litter

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

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TRAVELLERS on the Waterwells Park and Ride have said they have nowhere to put their litter and they could remain on the site for up to one month.

More than 30 traveller caravans arrived at the Quedgeley site on Tuesday, with 40 vehicles including 4x4s and trucks reported at the site.

Complaints have been made about rubbish being dumped on the site, leading to calls for the travellers to be removed.

But the travellers say that there is nowhere else to put the rubbish, and would pay rent or water rates given the opportunity.

Tony Fitzharris, spokesman for the travellers, said: “We appreciate that it’s not nice having litter on the site, but there is nowhere we can put it and it has to go somewhere.

“We would happily pay rent and water rates at a site, but the authorities won’t let us. What can we do if they don’t give us a site?”

Quedgeley is becoming a regular stop-off for travellers. In the past 18 months, they have set up temporary camps opposite the Gloucestershire police headquarters, off Davy Way and also at nearby Marconi Way.

Police said they were made aware of the arrival of the travellers on Wednesday and are monitoring the situation.

Tony, who has been a traveller all his life, said: “Everywhere should have a place for travellers. They spent millions trying to evict travellers from Essex a few years ago, but it would have been so much better if they had spent that on a new site.

“We’ve been coming to Gloucester for the past couple of years and we’ve found its people, including the police, to be very friendly and understanding.”

Debbie Llewellyn, city councillor for Quedgeley Fieldcourt, said: “We sympathise with them because travelling is their culture, but they have to contribute and respect the community they’re staying in.

“I would suggest that they take their rubbish to Hempsted’s tip, which is what we ask our residents to do. We also have a designated site in Alney Island, which has facilities for sewage and rubbish, so a facility similar to this would be preferable.”

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  • Hadagmaja  |  May 24 2014, 11:12PM

    It's about time parliament did something about the blight that is gypsies. The Dale Farm fiasco cost the tax layer millions through legal action because of their 'human rights'. They don't pay their way, why should they get special treatment? It's also about time the tax man sent these criminals to prison for non payment of VAT!

  • thestig2  |  May 19 2014, 6:33PM

    why cant there vans/lorry's be used to take to the tip or a council place instead all it take is few hrs off doing driveways or metal taking.

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  • SG1970  |  May 19 2014, 5:48PM

    The reason they may have broken into the toilets on site, is that traditional travellers don't have, or use, the toilets in their caravans. They consider it 'filthy'! Which will be another mess for the council to clear up.

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  • dcfc79  |  May 19 2014, 12:42PM

    All they need to do is purchase some black bin bags, fill the bags with the rubbish and tae them to the tip, simples.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  May 19 2014, 12:32PM

    The answer is quite simple .... take it to hempsted tip, they have plenty of suitable vehicles to take their rubbish there, no excuses. Their lifestyle is their choice and they don't pay council tax, so disposing of their rubbish is their responsibility no one else's. They should be fined for dumping their rubbish, but there would be a fat chance of that being paid !!

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  • NibNobs  |  May 19 2014, 11:21AM

    No doubt the council will rush down with 20x wheelie bins ASAP. Where as if you buy a new property in Gloucester you typically have to wait 2-3 weeks to get a set of wheelie bins!

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  • bmhopkins  |  May 19 2014, 10:25AM

    I want to know what the Police and Council are doing. The Park & Ride facilities were damaged, with the toilet doors smashed in. If this was a member of the general public they would be arrested for criminal damage. Users are still parking on the main roads around the area. We are getting fed up and we want action to be taken. Maybe regular users should not pay the fare, as we are not parking on site.

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  • QwertyOS  |  May 19 2014, 8:40AM

    This is a joke. The authorities need to grow a pair and act. Can you imagine the reaction if someone pitches up on the drive of the Chief Constable and refuses to move. And what are the police and RSPCA doing about the horse that is roaming around by the Police Headquarters? The have intimidated P & R users, caused mayhem at the nearby Bumble Bee. What do they need to do before action is taken. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!

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  • Beegeeuk  |  May 19 2014, 8:34AM

    Bring in a large shipping container to block the entrance/exit and watch them vacate the property! You could get trampled in the rush to get out!!!

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  • P_I_Staker  |  May 19 2014, 8:23AM

    Why don't they do like other previous "visitors" and just fly tip and dump their rubbish where they please?

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