Hagley councillor says lack of security made traveller occupation inevitable

Stourbridge News: Travellers at the disused Little Chef in Hagley Travellers at the disused Little Chef in Hagley

A LEADING Hagley councillor says a lack of security made it inevitable travellers would occupy a village car park.

Residents of Kidderminster Road South were shocked when around five caravans and a similar number of trucks arrived on the car park of the disused Little Chef restaurant on September 2.

The travellers' arrival sparked complaints to West Mercia Police and Hagley Parish Council and the group was served notice to vacate the site by tomorrow (Thursday September 6).

Hagley Parish Council chairman, cllr Steve Colella, said: "If they stay after the deadline we would expect further action to get rid of them.

"The owners of the site have been in direct contact with the travellers and we will be keeping a watching brief."

Mr Colella added concrete barriers were delivered to the site to prevent access by vehicles but they were had not been put across the entrance, which made it easy for the travellers to drive onto the site.

He said: "It was always going to happen, if the site is left open it will be occupied."

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: "We have received reports and are monitoring the situation."

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2:35pm Wed 5 Sep 12

DAVID1875 says...

and we all know what "monitoring the situation" means-police are actually doing NOTHING!
Police are supposed,under ACPO guidelines,to check all travellers and their vehicles for offences,issue code of conduct instructions to travellers,patrol regularly,and update local residents.They have done nothing!West Mercia Police are failing in their duties!
and we all know what "monitoring the situation" means-police are actually doing NOTHING! Police are supposed,under ACPO guidelines,to check all travellers and their vehicles for offences,issue code of conduct instructions to travellers,patrol regularly,and update local residents.They have done nothing!West Mercia Police are failing in their duties! DAVID1875
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5:26pm Wed 5 Sep 12

hagley resident 42 says...

message above very true west mercia police caught sleeping again ,you can park on double yellow outside chip shop for 20 minutes on fridays and the police just drive past,hagley people deserve a better service, very poor .
message above very true west mercia police caught sleeping again ,you can park on double yellow outside chip shop for 20 minutes on fridays and the police just drive past,hagley people deserve a better service, very poor . hagley resident 42
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9:23pm Wed 5 Sep 12

DAVID1875 says...

hagley resident 42 is quite right too! Illegal parking in the centre of Hagley is rife and Hagley Police do nothing! Offenders park on double yellows,obstructing pavements,in disabled bays,in pedestrian crossing zig-zags,for hours in 1 hour bays.And what do Hagley Police say..."it's down to the district traffic warden"But he spends 99% of his time in Bromsgrove Town and visits Hagley once every TWO months! And those CSOs you see walking around doing nothing-they do not even have the power to issue parking tickets! And if they see illegally parked cars they pretend they have not and walk in the opposite direction!
hagley resident 42 is quite right too! Illegal parking in the centre of Hagley is rife and Hagley Police do nothing! Offenders park on double yellows,obstructing pavements,in disabled bays,in pedestrian crossing zig-zags,for hours in 1 hour bays.And what do Hagley Police say..."it's down to the district traffic warden"But he spends 99% of his time in Bromsgrove Town and visits Hagley once every TWO months! And those CSOs you see walking around doing nothing-they do not even have the power to issue parking tickets! And if they see illegally parked cars they pretend they have not and walk in the opposite direction! DAVID1875
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6:57am Thu 6 Sep 12

DAVID1875 says...

The travellers have left the site overnight leaving behind fly-tipping everywhere including damaged fencing and household waste.Police were told last night fly-tipping had been committed.West Mercia Police have sat back and "monitored the situation" but actually not stopped criminal offences from being committed!
The travellers have left the site overnight leaving behind fly-tipping everywhere including damaged fencing and household waste.Police were told last night fly-tipping had been committed.West Mercia Police have sat back and "monitored the situation" but actually not stopped criminal offences from being committed! DAVID1875
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6:11pm Thu 6 Sep 12

hagley resident 42 says...

hagley police waste of time, lets just have 6 cardboard cutouts of police,in return we will save money on wages and get the same results!
hagley police waste of time, lets just have 6 cardboard cutouts of police,in return we will save money on wages and get the same results! hagley resident 42
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6:31am Fri 7 Sep 12

DAVID1875 says...

If anyone in Hagley wants to help to hold the local police to account,take advantage of the PACT events such as street surveys.Raise long-standing issues such as parking,speeding,dri
nking and litter in the alcohol-restricted zones etc.FORCE police to make them their local PACT priorities then police will HAVE to do something!
If anyone in Hagley wants to help to hold the local police to account,take advantage of the PACT events such as street surveys.Raise long-standing issues such as parking,speeding,dri nking and litter in the alcohol-restricted zones etc.FORCE police to make them their local PACT priorities then police will HAVE to do something! DAVID1875
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