Residents call for CCTV in a bid to stop travellers pitching up on Myton Fields - The Leamington Observer

Residents call for CCTV in a bid to stop travellers pitching up on Myton Fields

Laura Kearns 30th Jun, 2017   0

THE ‘HISTORIC’ problem of travellers setting up camp on Myton Fields has reached tipping point.

Travellers recently moved to Myton Fields twice in the same week, leading Warwick District Council to apply for eviction notices to move them on.

Prior to that they had pitched up on the Ajax Football Ground and at Warwick Parkway Station.

Fed-up residents claim the travellers got onto the site after the council left gates – which are supposed to be shut at 8pm – open late for fishermen.

Now they are calling for CCTV at Myton Fields.

Former councillor Linda Bromley told the Observer: “The travellers have now left but afterwards neighbours suffered the usual noise from night drinkers in the field and joy riders once again.

“We have been lobbying Warwick District Council for CCTV on Myton Fields for years to detect such incursions, criminal aggravated trespass, anti-social behaviour and to protect the hundreds of schoolchildren that cross the park every day.”

The council recently submitted plans to build a £4million bridge linking Myton Fields and St Nicholas Park, and part of the proposals included a year-round open car park.

But people are concerned about the plans and say it would make the problem of traveller encampments worse.

Mrs Bromley added: “We are incredulous about the proposal to make the public open space of Myton Fields an all-year round car park as these historical problems will escalate.”

Warwick District Council say the field will continue to be locked at 8pm each night which is ‘not subject to change.’

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