Update:
Court order to evict Bromsgrove travellers will take several days

By Tristan Harris Sunday 20 July 2014 Updated: 21/07 15:49

BROMSGROVE District Council has said it could be by the end of this week or early next week before a court order is served to the travellers in Charford.

Speaking to The Standard today (Monday), a spokesperson told us the paperwork would be submitted today or tomorrow (Tuesday) but the documentation to present to the illegal encampment will not be ready until at least Friday.

The travellers have been occupying the Charford Recreation Ground, off Lyttleton Avenue, since Thursday night (July 17) and there are now more than 30 vehicles or caravans on the site.

Coun Chris Bloore, who represents the area on Worcestershire County Council, said he had received calls from 50 residents about the situation.

Among the issues raised were the mess created on the site, which will lead to a costly clean-up operation when they are moved on, and a rise in anti-social behaviour, including noise until late at night and abusive language.

"It's already a mess up there - it's so depressing.

"The swearing and shouting has led to people not being able to open their windows which is awful in this hot weather.

"Children will also not be able to use the Rec or the play area which, at the start of the school summer holidays, is just not on.

"Charford Rec is so open to this kind of thing - there are no defences against it.

"When this group has been moved on, we are going to have to have some barriers put up to ensure it does not happen again."

The Standard contacted Bromsgrove District Council and is currently awaiting its response.

On the reports of anti-social behaviour, a West Mercia Police spokesperson said: "Officers are aware of the situation and are monitoring it."

He added once the district council had the order in place to move the travellers on, the police would be ready to assist.

The spokesperson for Bromsgrove District Council added that as soon as the site was cleared, preventative measures would be implemented as soon as possible to ensure similar situations did not arise again.

But, she added, she was unsure as to what those preventative measures would be.

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