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.”