Blackburn with Darwen Council launch legal action to move travellers
BLACKBURN with Darwen council has had to take legal action four times this year because of travellers in the area.
The information was revealed as four caravans moved onto the Euro Car Park on Old Eanam Road in Blackburn.
In total £750 has been spent on legal costs, which included obtaining a warrant and issuing court papers, including one that totalled £250 earlier this month.
The charges for site clean-ups and costs incurred by arranging for Capita staff to move the travellers on were not released as the council no longer keeps records of these.
Yesterday one member of the group of travellers, Margaret Sherirdra, said that they were on a summer holiday from Dublin and planned to move on at the end of the week.
Mrs Sherirdra, 36, said: “We are passing through the area and will only be here until the weekend. We’ve been to quite a few places in the north and like it. However I think if the council had more sites with facilities then groups would not have to resort to using private land.”
Yet Trish Connor, area manager for Euro Car Park said that she was unhappy with the amount of time the council had taken to address the situation.
She said: “We rang the council as soon as the group moved on but they have so far not visited the site. We have seen a decrease in business of between 15 to 20 cars because the caravans are taking up the space.”
“I would have expected the response to be a bit quicker and hope that they visit the site soon to ensure that the travellers move off the site at the weekend as they told us they would so that it does not effect a large booking that we have for the car park.”
Sayyed Osman, director for Environment, Neighbourhood and Housing for Blackburn Council, said: “We are aware that travellers have settled on the council owned car park in Eanam and steps are being taken to remove them.”
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