Travellers set up camp in Burnham-on-Sea again

Views of Burnham and Highbridge.31-10-08

Views of Burnham and Highbridge.31-10-08 - Credit: Archant

The number of travellers who are settling in Burnham can only be addressed with a ‘lasting solution’, according to the town centre manager.

Pier Street car park is one of the most popular choices for travellers to settle and Sedgemoor District Council issued a group with court proceedings earlier this week.

This prompted the group, which consisted of eight vans and motor homes as well as a number of horseboxes, to move on.

However, this has become a regular occurrence throughout the summer with groups descending on the seafront, as well as at the town’s sports ground in Old Stoddens Road. A further group has also set up camp nearby in Berrow.

Town centre manager Beverley Milner Simonds told the Mercury: “Burnham is not alone in struggling to balance the needs of gypsies and travellers and those of residents in more conventional homes.

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“I hope that my colleagues at the district council can assist us in finding a lasting solution that works for everyone.”

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