Complaints as travellers set up near Bromsgrove business park

By Tristan Harris Tuesday 25 March 2014 Updated: 28/03 00:20

THE STANDARD has been contacted about travellers who were camped near Buntsford Hill Business Park in Bromsgrove from March 11 until Thursday morning (March 27) when they moved on.

There were complaints about several issues, including horses running loose in the road, access to businesses being blocked, damage to property and the siting of human and animal waste.

One person who got in touch said it was happening on a regular basis and more needed to be done to find a long-term solution.

“We are plagued by a group of travellers who park at least six caravans with their accompanying vehicles, children and animals and cause chaos on the park.

“They are always evicted eventually but always return within the month.

“They are an intimidating presence as well as being a health risk with the fly-tipping and waste that accompanies them.”

She said she also feared, if the situation continued as it had done, new businesses would be put off setting up their firms on the park.

West Mercia Police confirmed they had been contacted about the travellers amidst complaints about excrement being found outside one of the premises, horses roaming around untethered and anti-social behaviour, such as children shouting, screaming and throwing stones.

A possession order was served on the travellers on Thursday morning and the group moved on shortly afterwards.

Worcestershire County Councillor Chris Bloore said: “I am deeply disappointed by the disjointed approach taken by all parties to deal with this issue.

“Parking cars and vans in the middle of a busy road and on a roundabout is unsafe and simply unacceptable.

“I haven written to county council bosses to clarify why this road has not been adopted and would urge them to immediately reconvene talks on the road’s adoption.

“I have urged all parties including both councils and owners PxP to get in a room and work together to bring about a long-term solution.

“I have been reassured by Deputy Chief Executive of Bromsgrove District Council Sue Hanley that this will now happen and a more closer working relationship between all sides has now been agreed.

“The safety of residents is my main priority and I hope this will now be at the forefront of this new working partnership.”

A Bromsgrove District Council spokesperson said: “Officers and members have met with the company on the matter and whilst the council cannot act on behalf of a private company, a range of actions have been agreed to try to prevent future traveller incursions.”

A spokesperson for the owner, PxP West Midlands, said: “We have made an investment of £100,000 in a variety of security measures at this development over the last couple of years.

“This includes efforts to have Isidore Road adopted by Worcester County Council.

“At the time of writing we are still pursuing this route and urge the county council to make a swift and decisive decision.

“This move would bring the road under highways regulations which prevent the type of encampment we are currently experiencing.”

He added he did not believe the firm had been slow in seeking a possession order.

But, a Worcestershire County Council spokesperson claimed there had been no application received for formal adoption of the road and if there was, it would be unlikely to be adopted due to its location.

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