grass bank planned for Berrow Village Green to deter travellers
Parish Council is finalising plans to build a £5,000 grass
bank around the Village Green to prevent travellers pitching up
there in future.
comes after more than 30 travellers set up camp on the grassland
at the end of the July for several weeks, as pictured above.
Parish Council Chairman Barry Kew, right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week: "We've looked at two options - installing bollards
or a grass bund around the green."
bollards would be fastest to install along the front of the green,
however in a meeting with a contractor it emerged that there are
pipes running under the ground which we'd have to avoid."
to this, the bollards would need to be installed two metres in from
the pavement and that would leave enough space for a caravan to
be parked between the barrier and the road which isn't ideal."
added: "We've therefore had a rethink and will almost certainly
go with a grass bund along the whole length of the green with the
exception of a couple of 1.2m gaps for wheelchair and buggy users.
We will have to submit a planning application for the new bank and
expect it to cost in the region of £5-6,000 to install, which
will have to come from Parish Council funds."
added: "The whole thing has been a nightmare scenario for us,
but we've looked around the country and it seems there's not a place
in the whole UK that hasn't had to deal with similar issues at some
The scenes on Berrow Village Green in late July when the travellers
set up camp there