TRAVELLERS who set up camp on a play area at Whiddon Valley, Barnstaple, have been found an alternative site at Seven Brethren. Around 20 caravans moved to the temporary site on Friday following negotiations with North Devon Council officers. Worried loca
TRAVELLERS who set up camp on a play area at Whiddon Valley, Barnstaple, have been found an alternative site at Seven Brethren.Around 20 caravans moved to the temporary site on Friday following negotiations with North Devon Council officers.Worried locals inundated local councillors with their concerns after the three caravans that arrived on the site on Monday swelled to about 20 by Friday morning."I started receiving phone calls from local residents at around 8am on Monday," Forches and Whiddon valley town Cllr Val Monk told the Gazette."It was past a joke - it's not waste ground, it's a playground."I contacted the mayor, environmental health, district and county councils and they all worked really hard to find a solution."North Devon Council spokesperson Alison Carragher said that, although the council had no emergency powers to evict travellers from the play area, officers visited them to ask if they would move to another site. She said: "The travellers were shown an alternative location in a less residential area at Seven Brethren, and they willingly co-operated and moved to the site. "An agreement was made for the travellers to stay there for 10 days. The council is providing a rubbish skip and portable toilet during their stay at the site."The play area at Whiddon Valley is open for children to use.