Traveller site barrier call

PUBLISHED: 06:47 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:18 24 May 2010

COUNCILLORS are calling for barriers to be put up at a travellers' hotspot in Weston to prevent taxpayers having to pick up the bill of cleaning up their mess. A gypsy family has been staying on the grass between Loxton Road and Bridgwater Road on the Old

COUNCILLORS are calling for barriers to be put up at a travellers' hotspot in Weston to prevent taxpayers having to pick up the bill of cleaning up their mess.A gypsy family has been staying on the grass between Loxton Road and Bridgwater Road on the Oldmixon estate for the last week. The 15-strong family pitched up on the field in six caravans after arriving from Ross-on-Wye on Friday.North Somerset councillor Ian Parker, is due to meet with council officers to see why barriers cannot be put up to stop more caravans turning up.He said: "I'm absolutely outraged the council has not done anything to stop travellers getting on to the site."They always leave a mess and taxpayers have to pay for it to be cleaned up when the whole thing can be prevented. I asked for barriers to be put up last year when there were travellers on the field and nothing's happened."Traveller Tina Lee, aged 21, said her family chose Weston because they like the seaside. She said: "Weston is really lovely in the summer and we haven't had any problems here."We're planning to leave during the weekend as we never stay too long in one spot. If there's any mess, then we'll clean it up before we leave. We're planning to go onto Wells next."Council spokesman Richard Turner said: "An officer visited the site shortly after they arrived to see how long they were going to stay. We will carry out a clean-up of the area when they leave.

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