Gypsies make a quick exit
PUBLISHED: 13:09 10 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:42 24 May 2010
GYPSIES who caused outrage in a North Somerset village by moving a convoy of caravans onto a rare wetland site have disappeared. The group flouted planning laws by moving six caravans onto a field in Kenn Moor Road, Yatton, in November 2004. The land, whi
GYPSIES who caused outrage in a North Somerset village by moving a convoy of caravans onto a rare wetland site have disappeared.The group flouted planning laws by moving six caravans onto a field in Kenn Moor Road, Yatton, in November 2004. The land, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, was dug up and gravel, toilets and generators were brought in.For months North Somerset Council's enforcement team has been trying to come up with a way of finding the group a new home. After a succession of visits from council officers the group has suddenly moved on.Almost a year ago the gypsies struck a deal with North Somerset which allowed them to stay until the end of this month if they pulled out of a Government planning inquiry and the council endeavoured to find them a 'legal' place to live.An inquiry was due to take place to decide on a planning application submitted by the gypsies to allow them to stay in Kenn Moor Road.It was hoped the group could move onto the caravan site at Moorland Park in Hewish, which has just been given permission to expand to accommodate more travelling families.The gypsies moved out over the weekend of July 30. They still own the wetland and the council says it will be keeping a close eye on what takes place there.North Somerset councillor Isabel Cummings said: "The travellers have left a few sheds but that's about it. We suspect they may have moved to a new official site in Bristol but we can't be sure."North Somerset officers have been out a couple of times to work out a place for them to go and I think the message got through.