Travellers ‘have nowhere to go’ in BCP this year

Travellers ‘have nowhere to go’ in BCP this year
Travellers at Glen Fern car park in Bournemouth.

Travellers at Glen Fern auto park in Bournemouth.

NO ideas are in spot for any traveller transit web-sites in the BCP area this yr – a conclusion dubbed “absolutely disgusting” by campaigners.

BCP Council mentioned locating a site in the area to be utilized by travellers would be a “complex process” involving prolonged durations of engagement, adhering to early cases this yr of teams location up encampments at Poole Stadium and Hengistbury Head.

For the 2nd calendar year in a row, nonetheless, the chair of Dorset traveller advocacy team Kushti-Bok has criticised the area authority for its deficiency of preparation and clear willingness to research for designated internet sites.

Betty Smith-Billington told the Echo: “I believe it is absolutely disgusting that BCP Council does not realise they have a duty to all the men and women who pay a visit to the area.

Bournemouth Echo: Chair of Kushti Bok, Betty Smith-Billington

Bournemouth Echo: Chair of Kushti Bok, Betty Smith-Billington

Chair of Kushti Bok, Betty Smith-Billington

“We are doing the job on a system with BCP Council and Dorset Police with regards to this situation for the reason that they can’t just continue to keep shifting folks on and on. Possibly way, they cannot halt travellers from travelling.

“BCP Council is a shame. We will maintain pushing for transit internet sites mainly because we have travellers arrive to the location that have ties. They have spouse and children and they occur for weddings, funerals, celebrations and have accomplished for hundreds of many years.”

By contrast, Dorset Council has a number of traveller transit web-sites – with 1 in Piddlehinton set to reopen on April 1.

Ms Smith-Billington additional: “Let’s deal with it, we are the the very least liked men and women in the planet now, but if we had areas to go it would support enormously.

“There are parts in the BCP region that could be used as traveller web sites, but they never and we will continue to keep pushing.”

Bournemouth Echo: Creekmoor Park and Ride site off Upton Road in Poole.

Bournemouth Echo: Creekmoor Park and Experience site off Upton Road in Poole.

Creekmoor Park and Experience web site off Upton Road in Poole. (Impression: Newsquest)

As described, anti-trespass measures have been just lately introduced at the vacant former Creekmoor park and trip internet site which has formerly been utilised by travellers.

New fencing was erected and measures these as boulders and even a mound of dirt have been place in put at the entrances.

In July previous 12 months, designs for a traveller transit internet site on land off Magna Road in Bearwood have been turned down next hundreds of objections.

BCP councillor Bobbie Dove, member for community security and regulatory products and services stated: “At present there are no options for a internet site of this nature.

“The introduction of a non permanent halting put or a transit web site is a complex process which would demand locating appropriate web site, followed by organizing authorization, including a time period of public consultation and engagement with each people and associates of the Gypsy and Traveller local community.”