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Mike Odgers

Travellers at Bolitho Park

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Reading the Plymouth Herald -a group of travellers have set up at The Bolitho Park (Plymouth Parkway) car park-The under 18 game for Saturday mornibg has been postponed and The SWPL game v Falmouth Town will be decided tomorrow wether to play or not

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Bolithio Park car park is a 'public' space and as such Travllers can and do avail themselves of the land. Simple fact is that Plymouth City council will serve them with a notice to quit and they will be gone by the weekend - I would suggest news is light at the moment in Plymouth and The Herald need a story.

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From the SWPL website forum :

Home  Forums  Postponement News  Saturday 25th Feb : Parkway v Falmouth : OFF

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    Please note that I have sanctioned the early postponement of the Plymouth Parkway v Falmouth Town match which was scheduled for tomorrow – Saturday 25th February.

    The reason for the match being off is that on Tuesday a group of “travellers” moved onto the car park and despite efforts to have them moved on they are still in situ

    This has caused concern about dog mess, waste, anti social behaviour and security and as such we cannot allow the game to go ahead

    Parkway are away next week so hopefully by the time of the next home match this situation will have been resolved

    Very sad to have to stop peoples enjoyment because of this type of incident !

    Regards

    Phil H

 
 

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1 minute ago, hoppit said:

This must be the first time ever that a match has been postponed for travellers makes a nice change from a waterlogged pitch.

 

I do believe it's happened before. 

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18 minutes ago, hoppit said:

This must be the first time ever that a match has been postponed for travellers makes a nice change from a waterlogged pitch.

 

An unfortunate choice of wording hoppit, there is nothing nice about it. Just ask the residents that live 50 metres away, the families who are encouraged by PCC to walk their dogs responsibly, the families of the Under 10's & 12's who cannot play football due to dogs mess on their pitch, the thefts from the corner shop by 'children', the break in at properties in the area and people arrested and then return them back again. For all these responsible people of society who go lawfully about their daily business , nothing can be done. Welcome to La La Land.

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12 minutes ago, Home Waters said:

An unfortunate choice of wording hoppit, there is nothing nice about it. Just ask the residents that live 50 metres away, the families who are encouraged by PCC to walk their dogs responsibly, the families of the Under 10's & 12's who cannot play football due to dogs mess on their pitch, the thefts from the corner shop by 'children', the break in at properties in the area and people arrested and then return them back again. For all these responsible people of society who go lawfully about their daily business , nothing can be done. Welcome to La La Land.

So the travellers are right at home then?😉

Joking aside, terrible to get games postponed for this! Such a lack of respect from a society that is supposedly built on 'respect'. Terrible for the children who miss out on something they spend their week looking forward to, for businesses and residents. Not to mention the club itself, which is impressed a lot of people of late. Miss out on income, the risk of vandalism. I hope that they are able to move them on sooner rather than later; I've nothing against the folk until it starts to have a deprimental effect on the rest of society. 

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Rumour has it ( heard it in the petrol station at Carkeel) that a couple of caravans have just turned up on the pitches in saltash next to Kimberly Stadium.. will have a look on way back from Callington ... bloody hope not 

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These people are the biggest pain in the arse you can imagine. Dirty sods, they will be clearing up their mess for sometime. They have no respect for anyone. Typical that this country allows such nonsence. Wheres Donald Trump when you need him? 

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As the gypsies do not own the land the council has the power to evict them within 24 hours.  Seven years ago in my village Meriden near Solihull travellers bought a piece of green belt land for 100k. This land was environmentally and ecologically protected by planning laws and could only be used for agriculture. However on May Day Bank Holiday weekend caravans, bulldozers, earth movers arrived. They put a planning application in on the Friday, five minutes before the Council Offices closed so that it would not be read until the following Tuesday. Meanwhile they would then contravene planning laws and develop the site with 40 pitches each which would include a day home/bungalow, mobile home and caravan placements on each plus parking for lorries etc. 

Our MP got a block by the Council to stop the digging on the Saturday and us locals stopped 90 lorries of hard core from entering the site. She then got a High Court Order to prevent any future development until planning was approved. Thes gypsies live in 5 bedroom houses in a neighbouring village claiming they had nowhere to live. It was a greed not a need development  in whch they were set to make upto £10 million. As a village we pulled together, formed an action group of about 100 people which watched the site 24 hours a day for three and a half years. During that time they cut down protected trees and hedges, ruined protected wildlife sites which were home to great crested newts ,messed up the site and were abusive to us. They had a total disrespect for environment and the local population  

They lost their applications, appeals to the Council and High courts using legal aid (when they had far more money than us), we won 22/22 cases. We went to the European Parliament and Courts of Human Rights in Strasbourg protesting we had rights too and met with the Givernment minister in Westminster. As a result we were on National TV and press as a group of people fighting for their rights. I am pleased to say that we finally won, the gypsies were forced to give up and then had to sell the land to local people, making a substantial loss. 

Sorry to bring this up  on a football forum but it is related to the Parkway issue and illustrates what devious people they are. 

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Yes it took ages but we had a well organised campaign with over 100 members. We raised over £100k in fund raising and donations from all over the world and were able to pay for our own barrister, the gypsies of course got legal aid for theirs. 

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The Council can serve an Injunction on the travelers. This gives them a set time to leave, usually 24 hours. If they remain, the Council can ask the Police to assist them in evicting the travellers. Injunctions cost quite a lot of money, around £2500 just a few years ago, and so the Council will want the Injunction enforced. The police are quite adept at dealing with this sort of problem. But it all costs money.

As Willow suggested, there other ways of dealing with them. A friendly local farmer with a muck spreader might help. This method worked well in the Dartmoor National Park a few years back :).

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