£1,500 bill for Firepool travellers

The group of travellers which moved in to the old market site at the start of this month.

The group of travellers which moved in to the old market site at the start of this month.

First published in News

IT cost council tax payers almost £1,500 to remove a group of travellers who set up camp on a disused market.

The bill for cleaning up household waste, broken glass and other rubbish totalled £875, with a mechanical sweeper called in.

And legal charge for booting them off Firepool, in Taunton, after more than a week this month was £600.

Taunton Deane Council, which took action after the caravans were parked on the former livestock market, off Priory Bridge Road, at the start of March, says it will consider measures to save council taxpayers’ money if there is a repeat.

Cllr Mark Edwards, council deputy leader, said: “We will give consideration to placing a skip in situation if similar situations occurs in the future to reduce the burden on the council taxpayer.”

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2:52pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Slow down! says...

How much is it to hire a JCB for a couple of hours these days?
How much is it to hire a JCB for a couple of hours these days? Slow down!
  • Score: 14

3:03pm Wed 26 Mar 14

duckface08 says...

Memo to Mark Edwards---forget about supplying a skip and call upon a farmer to bring in his MUCK SPREADER to make the site untenable , as a local taxpayer I would find the cost of this more acceptable.
Memo to Mark Edwards---forget about supplying a skip and call upon a farmer to bring in his MUCK SPREADER to make the site untenable , as a local taxpayer I would find the cost of this more acceptable. duckface08
  • Score: 21

3:24pm Wed 26 Mar 14

SocialistParty.SomersetBranch says...

After paying the contractors' inflated bills for the reported cleaning of the Firepool site; it is at least some small relief to all in Taunton, that the site has finally been returned to its previous state of outstanding natural and breathtaking beauty!

The Firepool site has been so beautifully and gloriously restored and reclaims its rightful status as the JEWEL IN THE CROWN of the Taunton Vision project! Well done to all the partner organisations and individuals have worked so tirelessly and selflessly on delivering Taunton's Vision!

We, the community shall be eternally grateful for the fact that, you not only had the Vision but that you also shared it with us all!
After paying the contractors' inflated bills for the reported cleaning of the Firepool site; it is at least some small relief to all in Taunton, that the site has finally been returned to its previous state of outstanding natural and breathtaking beauty! The Firepool site has been so beautifully and gloriously restored and reclaims its rightful status as the JEWEL IN THE CROWN of the Taunton Vision project! Well done to all the partner organisations and individuals have worked so tirelessly and selflessly on delivering Taunton's Vision! We, the community shall be eternally grateful for the fact that, you not only had the Vision but that you also shared it with us all! SocialistParty.SomersetBranch
  • Score: 11

3:52pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Slow down! says...

Now that this site has been cleaned up and returned to its former glory could the council please try and do the same to our roads in the town?

I hit four potholes on my way to work today which I'm sure were not there yesterday!

I keep expecting Tony Robinson and the Time Team crew to pitch up in my road to examine and record the past road surfaces that have been revealed!
Now that this site has been cleaned up and returned to its former glory could the council please try and do the same to our roads in the town? I hit four potholes on my way to work today which I'm sure were not there yesterday! I keep expecting Tony Robinson and the Time Team crew to pitch up in my road to examine and record the past road surfaces that have been revealed! Slow down!
  • Score: 8

6:08pm Wed 26 Mar 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

I wish i had taken a picture of the first sweeper they had..it was tiny! It was like cleaning a floor with a toothbrush! In the avo a bigger one came to finish the job off.
I wish i had taken a picture of the first sweeper they had..it was tiny! It was like cleaning a floor with a toothbrush! In the avo a bigger one came to finish the job off. TauntonBloke29
  • Score: 5

7:12pm Wed 26 Mar 14

blackmasquerade says...

SocialistParty.Somer
setBranch
wrote:
After paying the contractors' inflated bills for the reported cleaning of the Firepool site; it is at least some small relief to all in Taunton, that the site has finally been returned to its previous state of outstanding natural and breathtaking beauty!

The Firepool site has been so beautifully and gloriously restored and reclaims its rightful status as the JEWEL IN THE CROWN of the Taunton Vision project! Well done to all the partner organisations and individuals have worked so tirelessly and selflessly on delivering Taunton's Vision!

We, the community shall be eternally grateful for the fact that, you not only had the Vision but that you also shared it with us all!
Most sensible suggestion you've made for a while!

As for TDC's skip idea, good in theory but that assumes they'd use it - which somehow I can't imagine they would
[quote][p][bold]SocialistParty.Somer setBranch[/bold] wrote: After paying the contractors' inflated bills for the reported cleaning of the Firepool site; it is at least some small relief to all in Taunton, that the site has finally been returned to its previous state of outstanding natural and breathtaking beauty! The Firepool site has been so beautifully and gloriously restored and reclaims its rightful status as the JEWEL IN THE CROWN of the Taunton Vision project! Well done to all the partner organisations and individuals have worked so tirelessly and selflessly on delivering Taunton's Vision! We, the community shall be eternally grateful for the fact that, you not only had the Vision but that you also shared it with us all![/p][/quote]Most sensible suggestion you've made for a while! As for TDC's skip idea, good in theory but that assumes they'd use it - which somehow I can't imagine they would blackmasquerade
  • Score: 4

9:27am Thu 27 Mar 14

prickles says...

Why didn't they hire a few skips and got people doing community service to tidy it up.
Why didn't they hire a few skips and got people doing community service to tidy it up. prickles
  • Score: 2

9:51am Thu 27 Mar 14

Slow down! says...

The skip would have been sold for scrape metal!
The skip would have been sold for scrape metal! Slow down!
  • Score: 7

1:06pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Tinhharris says...

Another anti traveler story from this shock rag! It is a bill we shouldn't have, but how, for example does it compare to the costs of repairs to road side structures after the frequent accidents we see on the sides of roads? How much does collecting litter on the streets cost? And this is is all expense from 'normal' people in 'normal houses' ...ok they pay taxes, but it doesn't cover the total costs.

Yup this paper likes to treat certain members of our society differently with their dull irreverent nonsence.
Another anti traveler story from this shock rag! It is a bill we shouldn't have, but how, for example does it compare to the costs of repairs to road side structures after the frequent accidents we see on the sides of roads? How much does collecting litter on the streets cost? And this is is all expense from 'normal' people in 'normal houses' ...ok they pay taxes, but it doesn't cover the total costs. Yup this paper likes to treat certain members of our society differently with their dull irreverent nonsence. Tinhharris
  • Score: -17

1:30pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Slow down! says...

"Another anti traveler story from this shock rag"

Tinhharris please give us a positive story where Travellers are involved.
"Another anti traveler story from this shock rag" Tinhharris please give us a positive story where Travellers are involved. Slow down!
  • Score: 9

4:50pm Thu 27 Mar 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

I can give a positive story. Young children thrive amongst Traveller's camp. Old fashioned values and outdoor play is order of the day with no xbox's or Playstation's in sight! Days spent running around and playing with friends gives a refreshing blast from the past to onlookers, bringing back happy memories of their childhood.......Obv I cant speak for all of these guys but of what I saw, and I was opposite, there were no issues. The only complaint I had was some dodgy music blaring out!
I can give a positive story. Young children thrive amongst Traveller's camp. Old fashioned values and outdoor play is order of the day with no xbox's or Playstation's in sight! Days spent running around and playing with friends gives a refreshing blast from the past to onlookers, bringing back happy memories of their childhood.......Obv I cant speak for all of these guys but of what I saw, and I was opposite, there were no issues. The only complaint I had was some dodgy music blaring out! TauntonBloke29
  • Score: -4

9:36am Fri 28 Mar 14

Slow down! says...

Riding round on quad bikes swearing and showing a disrgard for the law,

'Ah the good old days!'
Riding round on quad bikes swearing and showing a disrgard for the law, 'Ah the good old days!' Slow down!
  • Score: 3

1:17pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Man of the people says...

If the government put a higher tax on Caravans, they would in effect be paying for the clean up themselves.
If the government put a higher tax on Caravans, they would in effect be paying for the clean up themselves. Man of the people
  • Score: 1

3:10pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Rob71272 says...

Man of the people wrote:
If the government put a higher tax on Caravans, they would in effect be paying for the clean up themselves.
your assuming the caravans have been paid for and not stolen, like the one that couldn't be recovered as it would deprive its occupants of their human right to shelter?
[quote][p][bold]Man of the people[/bold] wrote: If the government put a higher tax on Caravans, they would in effect be paying for the clean up themselves.[/p][/quote]your assuming the caravans have been paid for and not stolen, like the one that couldn't be recovered as it would deprive its occupants of their human right to shelter? Rob71272
  • Score: 2

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