Travellers on the Downs move on

April 29 2019

A GROUP of travellers who had set up camp on Durdham Down in April have moved on.

Eight cars and 12 caravans arrived at the site near White Tree roundabout on Saturday April 13. It was reported that they had set up camp in order to visit Funderworld.
On Monday April 15, Bristol City Council confirmed that confirmed that they had started the legal process to remove the group, after an offer to move the group to a transit site was refused.
Steve Smith, councillor for Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze told the Henleaze and Westbury Voice that the traveller group left the Downs on Monday April 22, leaving mess and overflowing bins. He said: “This group were under the impression that they had the council’s permission to be there, and I fear that we are seen as a “soft touch” by the travelling community.
“Residents in the area have suffered appallingly over the last couple of weeks, with intimidation, mess and human waste left on and around their properties.  Both the council and the police have been unwilling to help them, which is simply not acceptable.  
“We are urgently seeking a meeting to bring senior council and police officers together with residents and find ways to stop this from happening again.”
In recent years there have been groups of travellers parking illegally on the Bristol beauty spot for one or two weeks each summer. Travellers came from across Europe to honour their “Traveller Queen” Violet Crumlish in 2016 when she was being treated for terminal cancer at a Bristol hospital.