PEOPLE living in a South Derbyshire village have expressed concern after gipsies set up a site on private land close to their homes.
Caravans began to appear on a plot of land close to the Cadley Hill roundabout and Manor Fields development in Castle Gresley yesterday morning. The number of caravans arriving at the site gradually increased throughout the day.
South Derbyshire District Council said that it is aware that a site has been set up and that the landowner has been notified, stating that action will be taken to move them on in due course.
It is not the first time that gipsies have settled in South Derbyshire, after setting up an illegal site in Church Gresley in 2010. In 2006 the Mail reported that gipsy campsites were three times more common in the district than anywhere else in the country.
One resident, who does not want to be named, told the Mail that he was angered to discover that gipsies had returned to the area. He said: “We’re very concerned about them setting up a site so close to us.
“We’re aware of the kind of problems that arise and we hope that they’re moved on as soon as possible. We’ll be raising the issue ourselves. We thought that we wouldn’t have any more problems after they left Gresley Common but it appears that they’ve come back.
“It’s bad enough having to put up with the noise coming from the St Modwen development and the noise they are likely to cause will be even worse.
“They know the law back to front and they will be there until they are literally dragged away. I’ve seen this sort of thing happen in the past, not just around this area.”
A spokesman for South Derbyshire District Council added: “We can confirm that they are on private land. The landowner is aware and will be taking action.”
Derbyshire Police said it is also aware of the site, but cannot evict the travellers as they have settled on private land, meaning that it is a civil matter, adding that they were not aware of any fences being broken upon entering the field.