Gypsies to stay on park and ride site
9:20am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Latest News
ROMANY Gypsies who moved on to the old Groundwell Road Park and Ride on Saturday will stay there for another few days.
More than 50 travellers from Paris moved on to the site in 12 caravans shortly after 1pm, claiming they found the gates on Cricklade Road unlocked.
The land is owned by Swindon Council, who work with the police to find solutions with travellers who pull into undesignated sites.
A council spokesman said: “The travellers are not causing any problems and, following a meeting with our partners in the police and in accordance with Government guidance and best practices, we have decided to allow the group to remain for a short period.”
Last month, a separate group of travellers occupied the site for 24 hours after being moved from Dale Farm, in Essex.
In August the building on the site was gutted by fire.
The nearest legal site for use by travellers is the Chiseldon Firs transit site, which is managed by the council.
The site, on the A346 between Swindon and Marlborough, can accommodate 20 caravans. Information about legal sites is at www.swindon.gov.uk.