Travellers move just down road

This Is Wiltshire: Travellers who were staying in Lydiard Park have now moved to Shaw Forest Park, Mead Way       Picture: Vicky Scipio Travellers who were staying in Lydiard Park have now moved to Shaw Forest Park, Mead Way Picture: Vicky Scipio

THE travellers who set up camp at Lydiard Park at the weekend have moved on to another local beauty spot Shaw Forest Park.

Having spent just three days in a corner of Lydiard Park, the family attracted a number of complaints and left the site on Sunday night before arriving at Shaw Forest in West Swindon soon afterwards.

Both sites are owned by the council, and police have been monitoring the situation as it develops.

A dog walker in Shaw Forest Park, who declined to be named, said: “It seems the council are just going to be following them round cleaning up after them, first in Lydiard Park and now in Shaw Forest.

“If they had parked up in the car park it would not have been quite so bad, but they are in the trees and covering the top of Shaw Forest with their trucks. It is just being turned into a swamp.

“There is an open green right the way across the park and they have set up right in the far corner. They are taking up the space where all the kids usually play, and they have made the footpath into a quagmire.

“They should be made to go to the designated sites, but the council can’t force them to do that. They have taken down the barrier and taken the gate off its hinges so it is criminal damage as well. They have taken up the best part of the park.

“There are around a dozen caravans altogether spread out in the far corner. While those are parked it is the pick-up trucks going back and forward which are causing the damage. We had to grab up our dogs off the path when one passed us because it just wouldn’t slow down.”

Kevin Fisher, chairman of the Shaw Residents Association, said: “The travellers have moved on from Lydiard Park and camped their caravans up in Shaw Forest Park now.

“They are making a real mess and churning up the paths.”

Council officers have visited the site and will continue to liaise with police to determine the appropriate course of action.

A spokesman for Swindon Council said: “We are aware that the travellers have moved to Shaw Forest Park and council officers visited the site today.

“We will continue to monitor the site and will liaise with the police on the most appropriate action to take.”

Swindon Council has a designated traveller site at Chiseldon Firs, managed by the travellers liaison office, which can accommodate betwen 12 and 20 caravans.

Sgt Barry Reed, duty inspector for Swindon, said: “If we were to take any action we would need a complaint from the landowner, which in this case is the council.

“They would have to serve notice on the travellers, and for us to do anything about it we would have to be satisfied there are issues regarding noise, the number of vehicles, or any damage to property taking place.

“We will be monitoring the situation and working alongside the council to see what action if any would need to be taken.”

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11:48am Wed 27 Aug 14

Arrowfield says...

What is the point of travellers?
What is the point of travellers? Arrowfield
  • Score: 11

12:26pm Wed 27 Aug 14

fuzzey says...

I find this behaviour utterly disgusting .if it is true they have taken down barrier and gate off hinges they should be arrested .what an example to set .what if we all took to ignoring the law and just dumped ourselves anywhere anytime ?and just completely got away with it .unbelievable .
I find this behaviour utterly disgusting .if it is true they have taken down barrier and gate off hinges they should be arrested .what an example to set .what if we all took to ignoring the law and just dumped ourselves anywhere anytime ?and just completely got away with it .unbelievable . fuzzey
  • Score: 22

1:22pm Wed 27 Aug 14

mrwoo says...

Think we should quickly organize a gay pride for tonight, get a million gayers down there,. That would certainly put the willies up the travelers and they won't like that!!!
Think we should quickly organize a gay pride for tonight, get a million gayers down there,. That would certainly put the willies up the travelers and they won't like that!!! mrwoo
  • Score: 11

1:29pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Captain T says...

These scummy creatures have no planning permission, they don't pay council tax and they (must) gain access to areas such as Lydiard and Shaw illegally.

“We will continue to monitor the site and will liaise with the police on the most appropriate action to take.”

Evict them! Crush their cars and caravans! Arrest them! Anything - they are BREAKING THE LAW. I'm **** sure if I set up a caravan in the middle of Shaw I wouldn't be allowed to hang around very long. You don't 'monitor' the situation - you take action. Grow a pair and KICK THEM OUT.
These scummy creatures have no planning permission, they don't pay council tax and they (must) gain access to areas such as Lydiard and Shaw illegally. “We will continue to monitor the site and will liaise with the police on the most appropriate action to take.” Evict them! Crush their cars and caravans! Arrest them! Anything - they are BREAKING THE LAW. I'm **** sure if I set up a caravan in the middle of Shaw I wouldn't be allowed to hang around very long. You don't 'monitor' the situation - you take action. Grow a pair and KICK THEM OUT. Captain T
  • Score: 22

4:55pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Silko45 says...

Park in GWHospital and stay over 5minutes - £80 fine they stayed over days fine the b**** £1000
Park in GWHospital and stay over 5minutes - £80 fine they stayed over days fine the b**** £1000 Silko45
  • Score: 6

4:57pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Silko45 says...

Park in GWH and overstay 5 minutes £80 fine. Park in Lydiard Park and be served with tea and coffee and probably some money to move on. This is how GB works break the law? and be rewarded.
Park in GWH and overstay 5 minutes £80 fine. Park in Lydiard Park and be served with tea and coffee and probably some money to move on. This is how GB works break the law? and be rewarded. Silko45
  • Score: 7

7:57pm Wed 27 Aug 14

The Jockster says...

I was told years ago by an ex Plod that the best way to move didi's on is to fire a ball bearing through the caravan window from distance with a catapult -if that happens once or twice they soon move on apparently!
I was told years ago by an ex Plod that the best way to move didi's on is to fire a ball bearing through the caravan window from distance with a catapult -if that happens once or twice they soon move on apparently! The Jockster
  • Score: 3

8:43pm Wed 27 Aug 14

roberto5 says...

Sgt Barry Reed, duty inspector for Swindon, said: “If we were to take any action we would need a complaint from the landowner, which in this case is the council.

“They would have to serve notice on the travellers, and for us to do anything about it we would have to be satisfied there are issues regarding noise, the number of vehicles, or any damage to property taking place.

“We will be monitoring the situation and working alongside the council to see what action if any would need to be taken.”

Sgt Barry Reed, are you blind, stupid or both -

“They should be made to go to the designated sites, but the council can’t force them to do that. They have taken down the barrier and taken the gate off its hinges so it is criminal damage as well. They have taken up the best part of the park.

Thats criminal damage isn't it?! One rule for one...
Sgt Barry Reed, duty inspector for Swindon, said: “If we were to take any action we would need a complaint from the landowner, which in this case is the council. “They would have to serve notice on the travellers, and for us to do anything about it we would have to be satisfied there are issues regarding noise, the number of vehicles, or any damage to property taking place. “We will be monitoring the situation and working alongside the council to see what action if any would need to be taken.” Sgt Barry Reed, are you blind, stupid or both - “They should be made to go to the designated sites, but the council can’t force them to do that. They have taken down the barrier and taken the gate off its hinges so it is criminal damage as well. They have taken up the best part of the park. Thats criminal damage isn't it?! One rule for one... roberto5
  • Score: 8

7:10am Thu 28 Aug 14

leafy1 says...

I see we have a group of travellers set up opposite the Westmill wind turbines (The old B4508 to A420 road) when I last passed a couple of weeks back.They did once try to set up camp but left and a few large lumps of stone were placed in the entrance.
I see we have a group of travellers set up opposite the Westmill wind turbines (The old B4508 to A420 road) when I last passed a couple of weeks back.They did once try to set up camp but left and a few large lumps of stone were placed in the entrance. leafy1
  • Score: 3

8:38am Thu 28 Aug 14

nigelej says...

mrwoo wrote:
Think we should quickly organize a gay pride for tonight, get a million gayers down there,. That would certainly put the willies up the travelers and they won't like that!!!
Your comments are so funny I'm falling over splitting my sides . Not
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: Think we should quickly organize a gay pride for tonight, get a million gayers down there,. That would certainly put the willies up the travelers and they won't like that!!![/p][/quote]Your comments are so funny I'm falling over splitting my sides . Not nigelej
  • Score: -5

10:09am Thu 28 Aug 14

Kimbers64 says...

The Council charges anyone wanting to hire that green field out for any event. The Travellers have caused criminal damage by removing the barrier and gates, not to mention what they are using for the toilet! They should be moved immediately because our dogs and kids could pick up anything and none of us could just camp there. Monitoring the situation really means it wont make us any money and until something serious occurs it's not their look out!!!!!!
The Council charges anyone wanting to hire that green field out for any event. The Travellers have caused criminal damage by removing the barrier and gates, not to mention what they are using for the toilet! They should be moved immediately because our dogs and kids could pick up anything and none of us could just camp there. Monitoring the situation really means it wont make us any money and until something serious occurs it's not their look out!!!!!! Kimbers64
  • Score: 6

7:47am Fri 29 Aug 14

Peatmoorresident says...

I went to SFP last night to walk my dog and obviously discovered that the travellers had taken up residence. They have caused criminal damage by breaking though the gates, by the looks of it by taking them off their hinges. They had a number of fires burning and were at the time I was there ripping down a tree from the woods by backing up a blue flatbed to it and hacking it down. They were driving all over the area as well for some reason. They have a white flatbed as well with 'Garden Services' which they turned up in whilst I was there. It was full of garden rubbish so no prized for guessing where that will be dumped. It wouldn't seem too bad if these people cared one bit about their surroundings but clearly they will ruin the place in a short period of time. The Police/council need to act quickly as undoubtedly more will turn up and more damage will be don't if they don't. Both will also lose more credibility with us residents/taxpayers/
law abiders if they let these vagrants get away with ruining our green space and wantonly causing criminal damage to whatever they want.
I went to SFP last night to walk my dog and obviously discovered that the travellers had taken up residence. They have caused criminal damage by breaking though the gates, by the looks of it by taking them off their hinges. They had a number of fires burning and were at the time I was there ripping down a tree from the woods by backing up a blue flatbed to it and hacking it down. They were driving all over the area as well for some reason. They have a white flatbed as well with 'Garden Services' which they turned up in whilst I was there. It was full of garden rubbish so no prized for guessing where that will be dumped. It wouldn't seem too bad if these people cared one bit about their surroundings but clearly they will ruin the place in a short period of time. The Police/council need to act quickly as undoubtedly more will turn up and more damage will be don't if they don't. Both will also lose more credibility with us residents/taxpayers/ law abiders if they let these vagrants get away with ruining our green space and wantonly causing criminal damage to whatever they want. Peatmoorresident
  • Score: 2

7:58am Fri 29 Aug 14

Peatmoorresident says...

Referencing the article above, could I ask Sgt Barry Reed whether a complain has been received yet by the landowner (The council) ?
Referencing the article above, could I ask Sgt Barry Reed whether a complain has been received yet by the landowner (The council) ? Peatmoorresident
  • Score: 1
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