Travellers arrival 'worrying’ for neighbours of Chandos Recreation Ground

Travellers arrival 'worrying’ for park neighbours

Travellers arrival 'worrying’ for park neighbours

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People living near a park where travellers have set up camp say it is not the first time the site has been used.

Two caravans arrived in the car park of Chandos Recreation Ground, in Camrose Avenue, on Saturday evening.

Harrow Borough Council yesterday issued the travellers with an eviction notice giving them 48 hours to leave.

David Mensah, whose home in Camrose Avenue backs onto the park, said: “What is worrying is that you just don’t know what they are capable of.

“Something needs to be done to stop the caravans from getting in.

“This is not the first time this has happened. Previously there have loads of caravans and they have made a lot of noise at night. About six years ago people's homes were broken into.

“This time there haven’t been any disturbances and it has been very quiet but when they turn up you don’t know what will happen.”

However the travellers told The Harrow Times they just want somewhere to stay.

Helen Mingn said: “We have been told to leave but we have nowhere else to go. We get thrown round from place to place and never get the chance to settle.

“People are afraid about what we’ll do but what we really want is somewhere just to settle down, like a caravan site or a house, because moving round from place to place is too stressful.”

Last year around 20 caravans descended on site of the Kodak Sports Ground, in Harrow View, and were moved on by police.

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12:13pm Thu 30 Jan 14

jayjoe says...

"What is worrying is that you just don’t know what they are capable of." Yeah, nothing like demonising a group of people for no reason. But hey, just carry on with your unsubstantiated claims of burglaries and compound the nastiness why don't you.
"What is worrying is that you just don’t know what they are capable of." Yeah, nothing like demonising a group of people for no reason. But hey, just carry on with your unsubstantiated claims of burglaries and compound the nastiness why don't you. jayjoe
  • Score: -3

7:01pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Neville Longbottom says...

Why do travellers want to settle?
Why do travellers want to settle? Neville Longbottom
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4:54pm Mon 3 Feb 14

DJFearRoss says...

jayjoe wrote:
"What is worrying is that you just don’t know what they are capable of." Yeah, nothing like demonising a group of people for no reason. But hey, just carry on with your unsubstantiated claims of burglaries and compound the nastiness why don't you.
That's it Jayjoe, let's attack people for having the guts to speak out against things they don't think are right. When you've lived with them in your area you can report back to us and tell us how great they are. Of course, all the people who've experienced this must be bigots.

The rubbish, noise, robberies etc, must all be in peoples imaginations.
[quote][p][bold]jayjoe[/bold] wrote: "What is worrying is that you just don’t know what they are capable of." Yeah, nothing like demonising a group of people for no reason. But hey, just carry on with your unsubstantiated claims of burglaries and compound the nastiness why don't you.[/p][/quote]That's it Jayjoe, let's attack people for having the guts to speak out against things they don't think are right. When you've lived with them in your area you can report back to us and tell us how great they are. Of course, all the people who've experienced this must be bigots. The rubbish, noise, robberies etc, must all be in peoples imaginations. DJFearRoss
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