Bradley Stoke Town Council has confirmed that it has installed a number of wooden posts in an attempt to to prevent further access to a site alongside Bradley Way, where a group of travellers recently established an unauthorised encampment.
The travellers left the site last Thursday (26th June) and the town council says it has “wasted no time” in taking action, with the work being carried out by its own contractors on Saturday (28th June).
Whilst at the site on Saturday, Cllr John Ashe (Mayor of Bradley Stoke) said:
“When the travellers vacated the land on Thursday evening, there was an urgent need to block this slipway to prevent another incursion. Unfortunately, I was unable to get South Gloucestershire Council to commit to immediate remedial work which was disappointing after all the discussions and meetings that had taken place.”
“I, in conjunction with the chairs of the town council’s committees, decided that action rather than talk was needed and instructed Bradley Stoke Town Council’s contractor Ambience Landscapes to seal it off. Obviously they could not get huge boulders, but decided on posts concreted into the ground. This they have done this morning and I will be asking South Gloucestershire Council to cover our costs as this is their land and their responsibility. Many thanks to Ambience for their fast and efficient response.”
Confirming that the work had been completed, a town council spokesperson explained that officers did consider the use of boulders but these could not be sourced by the contractor and would likely cost “considerable sums of money” to source elsewhere. The spokesperson added that the four wooden posts installed cost significantly less [than boulders] and will not adversely impact visually on the area.
The total cost for the installation has not yet been determined, but councillors will be liaising with South Gloucestershire Council in an effort to recoup the town council’s costs.
The council says it hopes the posts will prevent the return of caravans to the site, whilst still allowing access for grass cutting and maintenance.
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