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Travellers leave rubbish behind at Mill Hill site
TRAVELLERS have left Mill Hill residents ‘disgusted’ after fleeing a camp they set up on a grassy verge in Parkinson Street and leaving all their litter behind.
What started as a single vehicle three weeks ago became a campsite that, according to one resident, at one point had housed nine caravans.
The land is partly owned by the council and residents expressed their frustration that the travellers were not forced to leave sooner.
A Suffolk Street resident said: “It was worrying having them here because I don’t think they realised just how close they were to the railway line.
“I was concerned that one of the children would climb over on to the tracks or that they might start throwing rubbish on to the lines.
“The council’s hands were tied and it was an accident waiting to happen.
“I don’t tar everyone with the same brush and I know there are travellers that care about the communities they stay in and clean up after themselves but these had no respect for our community and it’s now us tax payers that are left with all this rubbish. “We’ll be able to sleep again tonight but I just can’t understand why the council couldn’t have moved them on weeks ago.
“They say they don’t own the land but they maintain it and cut the grass.
“I am sure that if I emptied my bins on that green that I would be prosecuted and it seems ridiculous that nothing was done before now.”
Elsewhere in the borough, a caravan pitched up on the car park off Atlas Road in Darwen, close to the railway station last week and Sudell councillor Paul Browne said despite it only being one van the travellers needed to be moved on.
Executive member for environment, Councillor Jim Smith, said: “The land on Parkinson Street is partly owned by the council, as the rest of the land is unregistered we haven’t been able to act as quickly as we have in the past.”