June 10, 2016
'We'll leave on Saturday' say 20 travellers at Burnham's BASC Ground

A group of more than 20 travellers has promised to leave Burnham-On-Sea's BASC Ground this Saturday, says the Chairman of the group that oversees the sports facilities.

The vehicles - including caravans, trucks and cars - have occupied the front of the BASC Ground in an area used by weekend car boot sales.

Pete Lewis, BASC Chairman, told "The Police have told us that because they are parked on private land there is nothing they can do."

"So we've spoken to the travellers direct and they have said they will leave on Saturday. We explained that the car boot sales each Saturday bring in important revenue to BASC and for the sellers."

"We have also taken legal advice about talking with them and we will take forward legal action if they stay."

Pete added: "It is very frustrating they're here and are using our facilities. We've asked them to respect our site and to keep it tidy. We have seen small-scale visits in the past but nothing on this scale."

"We have been aware this could happen and will review the security at our next committee meeting."

Some of the travellers first gathered on Burnham's Cassis Close playing fields near the BAY Centre early on Wednesday, but then later moved to the BASC Ground where other vehicles joined them.

There are also other travellers vehicles in the Pier Street coach car park area next to Burnham's former Morrisons store.


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