Deputy council leader gives warning on travellers

PUBLISHED: 21:00 06 June 2013

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees.

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THE deputy leader of North Somerset Council has served a warning to residents about dealing with travelling workers, after the authority was forced to move on a group three times.

The authority has obtained court orders to eject the traveller group from The Campus, Scott Elm Drive and Hutton Moor.

Councillor Elfan Ap Rees said reports of rubbish and antisocial behaviour were reported to the council in between movements.

He said: “The message I want to send out is not to give work to people who knock on your door because you do not know what their history is.

“These court orders are costs the council taxpayer has to pick up because these people are illegally camping.

“They would not stay in the area if people did not give them work, that is the only reason they come.”

Councillor Ap Rees said the group has now moved to Weston Airfield and the authority will seek another court order to move them again.

He added: “This is one of the reasons we are looking to set up a site where we can send people who are coming to the area.

“The police can take action and tell them that is where they have to go and if they do not we can send them out of the district.”

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