Measures being taken to prevent travellers at Budleigh lay-by

PUBLISHED: 16:30 06 August 2017

A layby, in East Budleigh Road, has been blocked off to prevent travellers.

A layby, in East Budleigh Road, has been blocked off to prevent travellers.

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Travellers who have made a home of the East Budleigh Road lay-by, have now moved on, 12 months after they first arrived.

Measures have been taken to make sure a lay-by on a busy road out of Budleigh Salterton stays free of travellers.

For the past year, a caravan has been parked in the lay-by, on the East Budleigh Road, near Kersbrook, raising hygiene and sanitation fears.

The lay-by, owned by Devon County Council (DCC), is not an official traveller site and does not have toilet or cleaning facilities.

Now the travellers have moved on, industrial farming equipment has been placed at one end of the lay-by in an attempt to prevent any return.

County councillor Christine Channon is hoping a more permanent solution can be found.

She said: “It’s been blocked off temporarily – the entrance on the Budleigh Salterton side.

“I have asked county (council) to block it off with some aggregate – if you get a hill of aggregate on both ends no-one can get in.

“The whole point about it is, the reason we were stuck with them [the travellers] for such a long time, is that East Devon District Council (EDDC) hasn’t got enough traveller sites.

“I am hopeful the travellers will not return.”

Last year, efforts to relocate the travellers from the lay-by were halted after DCC said it was unable to evict them until there were sufficient gypsy and traveller sites in East Devon.

Previously, the district council said it was still in the process of meeting the need for traveller sites according to the Local Plan.

Once the travellers left the site, EDDC contractors and StreetScene officers cleaned up what was left behind, which included a broken-down car and four trailer loads of rubbish.

A spokeswoman for EDDC said: “The travellers were sited on Devon County Council land and they had vacated the site, leaving behind a broken-down car, medium-sized caravan which contained some household items and general rubbish.

“The car and caravan were removed by contractors appointed by East Devon District Council and our StreetScene team removed four trailer loads of waste.”

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