Action taken to move travellers

By Connie Osborne Thursday 22 May 2014 Updated: 23/05 09:06

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LEGAL action has begun to remove travellers from a borough playing field.

About ten caravans have parked up on a field near Watery Lane and Hoveton Close in Greenlands.

Police and officers from Redditch Borough Council visited the site on Wednesday (May 21) and are currently monitoring the situation.

One resident said there were more than a dozen caravans and cars.

“The caravans are parked so close to the rear of some properties that it is impeding residents’ access and preventing public use of the playing field,” he said.

“Our children can only play on this playing field as there is a road at the front and a main road at the top of Watery Lane.”

A Redditch Borough Council spokesman said: “The council is taking the necessary steps to recover possession of the land via the courts.”

A spokesman for West Mercia Police added: “We are aware of issues concerning travellers currently occupying a field off Watery Lane in Redditch and the use of a play area there.

“We are liaising with the landowner, in this case the local authority, which we understand is taking urgent action to remove travellers from the site.

“There are no restrictions on the use of the play area as far as we are concerned and if anyone is intimated or threatened then they should report that to us.”

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