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Travellers refuse to leave privately-owned Blackburn car park
A GROUP of travellers have set up camp on a privately-owned car park in Blackburn.
Four caravans entered the Euro Car Park, Eanam Old Road, yesterday morning and have since refused to move.
They are the most recent of several groups to camp on un-licensed property in Blackburn in the last month.
Nine caravans set up camp on a grass verge in Parkinson Street, Mill Hill, partly owned by the council whilst another four people moved from the car park of the Aqueduct Inn, off Bolton Road, to a nearby stretch of land that was also council property. In Blackburn a shortage of licensed council-owned sites has meant that more than 20 people are registered on the waiting list to use the Aqueduct Road base in Ewood.
Darwen’s Sudell ward Coun Roy Davies said that more facilities needed to be put in place for travellers until they were moved on. He said: “I think until the eviction can take place adequate facilities should be provided as part of their human rights and to stop the land near to their camps being contaminated.”
Speaking about the Eanam site travellers Sayyed Osman, director for environment, neighbourhood and housing, said: “We are aware that travellers have settled on the council owned car park in Eanam and steps are being taken to remove them.”