Friday, 19 April 2013

The Worcester Park Travellers’ Tavern


Travellers in caravans have moved into the car park behind the old Worcester Park Tavern. The group with at least 4 caravans drove onto the site just after half past eight on Tuesday morning (16th April) and according to one witness, drove up to the fence, pulled it open and drove their caravans in, all in the space of about 25 seconds.

The Worcester Park Tavern has been closed since August last year in spite of a popular local campaign to save the pub and has since become a derelict site.

One member of the caravan group, which is all an extended family of Irish travellers told the blog that they had spoken to the site security guard and should only be staying there for a few days and were making an effort to keep the area clean and tidy. So far they seem to have sort of kept the area reasonably clear and when pressed said they are planning to move on again early next week.

They were also keen to point out that there are many groups of travellers around and it was quite normal for them to set up in a place like this. They also mentioned how nice the high street was and how pleasant the local people were. All very well but I do find myself wondering how much council tax they pay to use the same services that the rest of us use.

The police are believed to have paid them a visit a couple of day ago but it seems this was because a couple in one of the caravans was having a domestic which got a bit out of hand. They weren't there to move them on.

I wonder if they will stay true to their word and move on early next week.


9 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

klingsor said...

Hmm. They may well be moving on but will no doubt have passed the word on that this is a "soft touch" site to others - who may be less inclined to up sticks.

parkerilla said...

Yes, I quite agree klingsor

Sugar Ray said...

This whole sorry situation would never have happened if they hadn't shut down Cagney's

James said...

Aren't the landlords doing anything about this ? Something should be done immediately to stop any more of these charming law abiding sorts moving in. Can't wait for more knocks on the door asking if I want my driveway tarmacced or trees cut down.

Little Smiff said...

Can't see them moving on for a couple of weeks yet. It's too early for them to move onto Epsom Downs for the Derby meeting.

Joe said...

Notice a couple more caravans have appeared now. They aren't going anywhere quickly. If there is onsite security why haven't they done anything ?

Mabel said...

Why are the travellers allowed to stay on the site.if a resident parked themselves there they would soon be moved on, is anything being done to move them on?

Resident said...

I spoke to the police earlier this week and apparently as it is not public land it is the owner’s responsibility to get them moved on, which supposedly is being done. The only way the police can get involved if is if they asked to assist in the eviction. I suspect the happy caravaners are not intending to move on any time soon.

guest said...

i saw 2 caravans leave when i was walking across the lights outside the station on saturday evening don't no if they have gone now ?

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