Travellers leave Firepool as clean-up operation begins

Somerset County Gazette: The travellers last week. The travellers last week.

A CLEAN-UP operation is under way at Firepool in Taunton after a group of travellers have finally left the site.

The travellers arrived at the site - earmarked as a primary development opportunity - last Thursday (February 27) and Taunton Deane Council started a legal process to remove them.

Today (March 7), the council's Direct Labour Organisation (DLO) secured the site and will be clearing volumes of rubbish found at the site.

The council had served a Notice of Direction on the group, requiring the travellers to leave by 6pm on Wednesday evening. The travellers left some 24 hours later.

Cllr Mark Edwards, Deputy Leader of the Council, has been monitoring the situation closely since the group arrived on the Council-owned land.

He said: “I am delighted that they have left and while I appreciate the frustration felt by some we do need to follow the necessary legal processes.”

The costs of the legal process and the clear-up are still being assessed.

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4:53pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Mi_Coc says...

Were are the mythical travelers who are decent folk and leave the area cleana and not full of rubbish.

Anyone else did and it fly tipping and you get done!

Another £5k clear up for the tax payer now these sub human scum have left.

I am sorry gave the benefit of the doubt but again thet leave their sh*t behind literally!
Were are the mythical travelers who are decent folk and leave the area cleana and not full of rubbish. Anyone else did and it fly tipping and you get done! Another £5k clear up for the tax payer now these sub human scum have left. I am sorry gave the benefit of the doubt but again thet leave their sh*t behind literally! Mi_Coc
  • Score: 15

1:01pm Sat 8 Mar 14

EllaCapella says...

I'm so tired, run down, and scraping to make ends meet.... but I suppose I'd better get my backside to work so that my tax contribution can help the clean-up.
I'm so tired, run down, and scraping to make ends meet.... but I suppose I'd better get my backside to work so that my tax contribution can help the clean-up. EllaCapella
  • Score: 8

9:52am Sun 9 Mar 14

ANNE ELK says...

Same old story,we pay to clean up their ****.
Same old story,we pay to clean up their ****. ANNE ELK
  • Score: 6

5:12pm Sun 9 Mar 14

tillboy says...

if they built on firepool this sort of stuff would not happen
if they built on firepool this sort of stuff would not happen tillboy
  • Score: 2

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