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Henlade park and ride will be open tomorrow (Thursday, June 26)

Last updated:

Park and ride at Henlade closed at around 6.30am.

  • County council says "travelling families" have moved on to site.
  • Facility likely to remain closed all of Wednesday and into Thursday.
  • Silk Mills park and ride still open.

  • Comments


    chachacha27 8:32am Wed 25 Jun 14

    So once again its the poor hard working people who have to suffer and pay extra for parking and probably spend an extra hour getting into town, leaving them late for work/appointments.

    Surely the council know this is a prime location for them to try and set up their caravans, why not tighten security or put in extra precautions, as this isn't the first time it has happened?

    Either that or sod them, keep the P&R open and if they get hit it's their own problem, they shouldn't be there in the first place!

    Score: 57
    beaker_u_muppet 8:51am Wed 25 Jun 14

    I know a man with a bulldozer !!!
    Last time this happened they were there all day.
    They moved in by force, move them on with force.

    Score: 42
    feeby12007 9:22am Wed 25 Jun 14

    Here we go again, more taxes wasted on getting them moved on when they don't pay taxes themselves :(

    Score: 40
    Mi_Coc 3:51pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    blackmasquerade wrote…


    If as the Council claim threats were made to its staff then arrest, as clearly an offence has been created then prosecute & evict the great unwashed without further delay.

    the 90% 5ft women that make up taunton community policing team arent going to have the nerve to arrest 30 traveller families. They dont have the resources or the guts!

    Have to get the all tactical aid groups from bristol downor a bust like that. 30 families with an average of 2 kids and 2 adults.Were you going to stick 60 adults and kids!

    Anyway everyone knows you dont arrest travellers just for traveling thats breaching their human rights and persecution!

    They will be off to some other poor sods land to throw the fecal matter about! Give them a 7day notice and send a few **** pcso's to keep an eye on the site so that trouble doesnt start thats the normal line.

    Then when the go the council cant run up a £10k bill cleaning up their **** !

    Score: -16
    Mi_Coc 10:51am Wed 25 Jun 14

    They are lovely folk, they don't go to toilet all over the site and I am sure they wont leave any damage or rubbish. Here is to hoping anyway I have heard about these amazing travellers but yet to meet them!

    I for one think we didn't need this park and ride why not turn it into a traveller site. When they move its not normally far. Why cant a corner be set aside for them to use and keep half of it open. Is it ever full?

    Score: -56
    duckface08 11:31am Wed 25 Jun 14

    We reap what we sow! We are so obsessed with "ELF 'N' SAFETY that its a wonder that anything gets done these days. They are not lovely law abiding people so why should we be? Forcibly remove them to the nearest council rubbish tip.

    Score: 34
    prickles 12:01pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    Just run them over. They shouldn't be there anyway.

    Score: 29
    RightToAnOpinion 12:30pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    Freeloading scumbags.

    Score: 24
    T_12345 12:37pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    Why don't they just buy houses n that, there obviously minted look at there vehicles etc. Wish i could afford a vehicle like that... might as well become a traveler, dunno how they do it, beyond me....

    Score: 25
    blackmasquerade 1:06pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    If as the Council claim threats were made to its staff then arrest, as clearly an offence has been created then prosecute & evict the great unwashed without further delay.

    Score: 25
    freedom freebee 1:13pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    Why are they still there? Why are the powers to be **** footing about? GET RID.

    Score: 23
    Mi_Coc 3:53pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    anoneekmouse wrote…


    How come Woodlands Castle managed to get rid of them in four hours yet the Council can't do it in an entire day. They didn't have to pay them either.

    They had a handful not 30 families bit of a different ball game.

    Score: -21
    Mi_Coc 1:26pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    T_12345 wrote…


    Why don't they just buy houses n that, there obviously minted look at there vehicles etc. Wish i could afford a vehicle like that... might as well become a traveler, dunno how they do it, beyond me....

    have pay bills and tax then dont be silly

    Score: -9
    T_12345 2:00pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    Yeah but they can afford it. Why go into a PARK AND RIDE and threaten staff, what are they protesting about? aren't these people meant to go to places in the woods away from civilization or on to traveler sites, isn't that what they like? they obviously don't like society but still rely on it, there is supposed to be quite a lot of sites being opened up for these people anyway. Why are they called travelers when they stay in one place for so long lol don't get me wrong some of them are nice people but some of them just like causing trouble.

    Score: 17
    anoneekmouse 3:41pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    How come Woodlands Castle managed to get rid of them in four hours yet the Council can't do it in an entire day. They didn't have to pay them either.

    Score: 17
    Mi_Coc 3:53pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    anoneekmouse wrote…


    How come Woodlands Castle managed to get rid of them in four hours yet the Council can't do it in an entire day. They didn't have to pay them either.

    They had a handful not 30 families bit of a different ball game.

    Score: -21
    TauntonCitizen 7:17pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    Unreal. They are there illegally, why remove them legally?

    Pull up with a few tow trucks and police and confiscate their homes. Let them learn the hard way.

    Score: 18
    Wurzel Bob 7:07pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    Now that they have parked, it's only fair they get a ride........ to the nearest Police station please, driver!

    Score: 15
    Guy Smiley 8:49pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    What would happen to me if I parked there without a ticket?

    Score: 19
    Dr Dave 10:07pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    Moving them out forcefully, they'd shout human rights no doubt.

    What about moving onto the disused concrete works at Henlade? Acres upon acres of unused concrete areas, ideal! Just a thought......

    Score: 6
    Dr Dave 10:24pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    They've seen sense and gone as of this evening - but the worry is where next??

    Score: 7
    GreatOdin'sRaven 10:26pm Wed 25 Jun 14

    Oh, they've moved on peacefully apparently. Shame, would've been more of a deterrent if they'd moved on because they'd been forced to f*ck off.

    Might be an idea to update the headline so that people can plan their transport for tomorrow...

    Score: 14
    WorkingLass66 3:28pm Thu 26 Jun 14

    Mi_Coc wrote…


    They are lovely folk, they don't go to toilet all over the site and I am sure they wont leave any damage or rubbish. Here is to hoping anyway I have heard about these amazing travellers but yet to meet them! I for one think we didn't need this park and ride why not turn it into a traveller site. When they move its not normally far. Why cant a corner be set aside for them to use and keep half of it open. Is it ever full?

    How on earth can you say that the park and ride is not needed.. I take it you have easy access to the town centre then? WIthout the Park and Ride I would not be able to do one of my part-time jobs.. I work 3 days a week in the town and travel from Ilminster, I use the FlexiRider ticket with allows me to park for 6 days (2 working weeks for me) at the cost of £11. I had to drive around to find a car park on Wednesday (more fuel = more cost) and had to pay £5.90 to park in town.
    Without the park and ride being there it would cost me nearly £36 for the 2 weeks (that's £24 more)
    Why should I have to pay more to go to work when the travellers go where they want, when they want, leave a mess & threaten staff at the P&R)
    As for setting a corner aside for them, who is going to pay for cleaning up their personal waste and domestic rubbish? Perhaps you'd like to volunteer seeing as you can't wait to meet them!!!

    Score: 14
    Mi_Coc 4:02pm Fri 27 Jun 14

    WorkingLass66 wrote…


    Mi_Coc wrote…


    They are lovely folk, they don't go to toilet all over the site and I am sure they wont leave any damage or rubbish. Here is to hoping anyway I have heard about these amazing travellers but yet to meet them! I for one think we didn't need this park and ride why not turn it into a traveller site. When they move its not normally far. Why cant a corner be set aside for them to use and keep half of it open. Is it ever full?
    How on earth can you say that the park and ride is not needed.. I take it you have easy access to the town centre then? WIthout the Park and Ride I would not be able to do one of my part-time jobs.. I work 3 days a week in the town and travel from Ilminster, I use the FlexiRider ticket with allows me to park for 6 days (2 working weeks for me) at the cost of £11. I had to drive around to find a car park on Wednesday (more fuel = more cost) and had to pay £5.90 to park in town.
    Without the park and ride being there it would cost me nearly £36 for the 2 weeks (that's £24 more)
    Why should I have to pay more to go to work when the travellers go where they want, when they want, leave a mess & threaten staff at the P&R)
    As for setting a corner aside for them, who is going to pay for cleaning up their personal waste and domestic rubbish? Perhaps you'd like to volunteer seeing as you can't wait to meet them!!!

    A town the size of taunton does not need two park and rides the size they are. They both rarely half full close one. The silk mills one has never been finished anyway water pipes poking out the ground!

    Part of the reason the travellers keep pitching up all over the place ( and i am not fan of theirs) is the council closed all the council provided sites. It would probably be cheaper to reopen these than clean up and police them every time they pitch up illegally.

    Score: -18
    ariestheram 6:56am Tue 1 Jul 14

    Mi_Coc wrote…


    They are lovely folk, they don't go to toilet all over the site and I am sure they wont leave any damage or rubbish. Here is to hoping anyway I have heard about these amazing travellers but yet to meet them!

    I for one think we didn't need this park and ride why not turn it into a traveller site. When they move its not normally far. Why cant a corner be set aside for them to use and keep half of it open. Is it ever full?

    Oh no, not another bloody "do-gooder". Get real please! . These people do not contribute to society, they are a menace to us all. They chose that way of life and they do have a choice. Get rid of the lot of em.

    Score: 0

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