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Beckenham travellers move on but leave piles of rubbish

Gypsies at Kings hall Rd , Beckenham

Gypsies at Kings hall Rd , Beckenham

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travellers who set up home on a sports field two months ago have finally moved on after being served a repossession order.

Kings Hall Rd Gypsy site

Some 11 caravans have been on the piece of land off Kings Hall Road, Beckenham, since July – to the dismay of residents who complained that the site has become a public health hazard because piles of rubbish attract vermin.

The landowner was awarded a repossession order at Bromley Civic Court on September 7 but the travellers did not move on until last Friday. They have left bags of rubbish.

A resident, who has lived in the road for 35 years, said: “We’re relieved that they’ve gone but there are rats everywhere. The place is a complete mess. It is an eyesore and a public nuisance. We hope the owner is going to get rid of the rubbish. There has to be a long-term solution.”

Because the land is privately owned, Bromley council did not have the power to remove the travellers. The owner is reportedly considering digging a ditch around the site to stop any vehicles driving onto it in the future.

Penge and Cator councillor John Getgood said: “Residents have been up in arms understandably. If you have seen the mess they’ve made, it’s absolutely disgusting. It has all just been dumped there, it is very unsanitary.

“Even people who started out with some sympathy are shocked by the way it’s been left. It has taken a long time for them to go but that is the legal process.

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