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Frustration over lack of action to remove travellers' site in Spalding




Vehicles belonging to travellers have been in place on South Drove for up to three months. Photo: SG-210918-039TW
Vehicles belonging to travellers have been in place on South Drove for up to three months. Photo: SG-210918-039TW

People living near an unauthorised travellers' site in Spalding have shared their frustrations over the lack of action to remove it.

Complaints of dogs barking and the noise from an electricity generator set up in South Drove, Spalding Common, have led to one resident contacting South Holland and the Deepings MP, John Hayes, for help.

Both South Holland District Council and Lincolnshire County Council have denied responsibility for the land, claiming that it lies with Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board (IDB).

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: "About three months ago, a couple of vehicles arrived in a lay-by on South Drove.

"Then a few more vehicles arrived, including a horsebox and generators, so I thought either the circus has come to town or some travellers have arrived.

Vehicles belonging to travellers have been in place on South Drove for up to three months. Photo: SG-210918-040TW
Vehicles belonging to travellers have been in place on South Drove for up to three months. Photo: SG-210918-040TW

"The worst thing is that the dogs bark quite frequently throughout the night and the generators are going in the morning which is a little irritating."

The resident confirmed that he had called the district council "five or six times, initially getting a good response".

But they were eventually passed on to the county council whose staff told him to call Welland and Deepings IDB.

The resident said: "I tried calling the police because the travellers had put up a big scaffolding pole with TV antenna next to the horsebox.

"The antenna was also near overhead powerlines which made it dangerous in the event of strong winds.

"I even rang the RSPCA after walking my dogs one morning and hearing sounds that made me think that one of the travellers' dogs was in a lot of distress."

Karen Daft, chief executive officer for Welland and Deepings IDB, said: "We are aware of the travellers on the board's land at South Drove, Spalding.

"This land is rented to Kier Group who would be responsible for any enforced removal."

Mr Hayes said: "If it's an illegal travellers' site, if the travellers don't have the landowner's permission to be there and if it's not there temporarily for leisure purposes, then the appropriate council should take action.

"I would invite the neighbours and the property owner to me and, on the basis of that, I will take up their case with enthusiasm."

Vehicles belonging to travellers have been in place on South Drove for up to three months. Photo: SG-210918-042TW
Vehicles belonging to travellers have been in place on South Drove for up to three months. Photo: SG-210918-042TW


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