A local councillor and scores of residents are demanding that action be taken to disperse a traveller encampment that has appeared on the side of a major road in Bradley Stoke.
Four caravans and a number of other vehicles were this afternoon occupying part of the wide grass verge on the eastern side of Bradley Stoke Way, just south of Primrose Bridge.
The caravans are believed to have been towed onto the verge sometime this morning (Monday 16th), causing disruption to traffic as they negotiated the short but steep slope at the side of the road.
More than 70 comments have been left on a post about the incident on the Bradley Stoke Journal’s Facebook page, with the vast majority calling for the authorities to take action to remove the travellers.
In an email sent to local council officers, Cllr Ben Walker (UKIP, Bradley Stoke North) says he has reported the matter to South Gloucestershire Council via its online reporting system, adding:
“I had to escalate the report to the police, as, at 8.05pm, a fire was started by the travellers, which is dangerously close to both the highway and the wooded area of the pathway leading to the nature reserve.”
“These travellers need to be dispersed as a priority, as they pose serious danger to road users and have already begun to deface the verge.”
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