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Travellers set up camp near Swadlincote £20m golf course

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 23, 2014

By Rob Smyth

New illegal travellers site

New illegal travellers site

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TRAVELLERS have set up a new illegal encampment – on land right next to a new £20 million golf course development in South Derbyshire.

A total of eight vehicles have been positioned on the unadopted road off William Nadin Way, Swadlincote.

The group are believed to have physically moved several large boulders to gain access to the road which borders a new golf course currently being constructed only yards away.

Their arrival comes only a day after South Derbyshire District Council served eviction notices on a group of travellers who had set up an illegal encampment on land off Common Road, Church Gresley.

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It is not yet known whether the travellers at the new illegal encampment are some of the group still based in Church Gresley.

A spokesman for South Derbyshire District Council said: "We are aware of the traveller encampment situated on land off William Nadin Way

"The site is on private land and the owner has been notified.

"The owner will now have to take steps to get the travellers removed from the site."

This is the first time since 2011 that travellers have set up camp in William Nadin Way.

During that year, several groups descended on the industrial setting.

Derbyshire Police said officers were aware of the travellers' site, but 'no issues' had been reported to force since they moved on.

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  • From the Ether  |  August 24 2014, 10:34PM

    Afraid.

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  • Terry  |  August 24 2014, 10:14PM

    The Police apparently have the power to remove these people, but for some reason are hesitant to use them, why is this I wonder?

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  • From the Ether  |  August 24 2014, 7:55AM

    Get down there now & issue some tickets or fines before they clear off. If these people were tidy and less coarse maybe they would find their length of stays would tolerated.

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  • frustratedresident  |  August 23 2014, 1:02PM

    'Derbyshire Police said officers were aware of the travellers' site, but 'no issues' had been reported to force since they moved on'.......I would like the council to report an issue on the mess that has been left at Gresley Common and I'd like Burton Mail to find out OUR cost of clearing it up. Then could anyone tell me why, just because it is travellers, that no offence has been committed because had it been me making that mess I'd be in court answering charges of fly tipping, an offence taken so seriously as a rule except when it involves travellers PLEASE EXPLAIN.....SOMEONE?...ANYONE?

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