Fury at council as travellers flock in
More than a dozen caravans have moved into the Crown Meadow nature reserve in Colnbrook, prompting complaints from concerned residents who feel the council has done too-little-too-late.
Colnbrook parish council chairman Laurie Tucker said: “This comes as no surprise at all. We have asked the council on numerous occasions to put up gates to prevent travellers from setting up illegal sites but it fell on deaf ears.
“The costs of clearing the site when they leave will be astronomical and it will be the taxpayers who are left with the bill.”
One resident, who did not want to be named, added: “That land is a protected conservation area for the public to enjoy.
“When I noticed the first two trailers move in last week I immediately called the council but they just sent me around in circles.
“I have counted 15 trailers with no portable toilets at all, so the mess will be horrific by the time they leave.
Many people enjoy the area for a peaceful walk but now feel intimidated because of these illegal lodgers.”
The council is now seeking a court order for repossession of the land after the travellers ignored a request to vacate the area by Monday.
A spokesman said: “We visited the site and informed the travellers that they were trespassing on council owned land and they must move immediately.
“We visited the site again and were able to confirm that the travellers had not vacated the land. In light of this we will now seek repossession.
“Once the site has been vacated, the disposal of any fly tipped wastes will be arranged, and any further issues around hygiene will be assessed and dealt with.”