Council says it is dealing with complaints about Grantham travellers

Travellers have been living on land next to the recycling depot in Grantham for nearly a year.
Travellers have been living on land next to the recycling depot in Grantham for nearly a year.
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The district council says it is dealing with complaints received from people living near a piece of land where travellers have been settled for almost a year.

A number of complaints have been made against a family of travellers living on a piece of land between Gas Works Lane and the recycling depot off Alexandra Road.

A South Kesteven District Council spokesman said: “The council is mindful of the views of the local community and is working with the family concerned to try to find a more appropriate and settled solution in the longer term.”

The travellers have been accused of making a mess of the land by driving vehicles over it and keeping horses there.

One man, who did not wish to be named, said: “At the end of the day, that is not a caravan site, it’s a public site so why are they not being moved on?”

One of the travellers, John Gaskin, told the Journal that the council had not taken any action against them. He said: “We keep ourselves to ourselves. We are not being forced off but you can never tell with the council. It’s usually a last minute thing. We would like to stay here.”