of new security measures in Burnham-On-Sea to stop travellers
of security measures are being introduced at two public green spaces
in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow to deter travellers from setting up
BASC Sports Ground has spent £2,500 on new measures at the
entrance in Stoddens Road following a summer influx of more than
20 travellers vehicles.
Berrow Parish Council is set to go ahead with an £8,000 grass
bank around the Village Green to prevent travellers pitching up
there after more than 30 vehicles were sited there in July and August.
Peter Gaylard told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "After discussions
with the local police, we've gone ahead with a new height restriction
barrier to prevent vehicles over 2.2m gaining access to the fields.
We've also installed new wooden stakes to prevent access over the
grass. We had to do something and this is a start." He added
that the BASC team have also looked into getting an automatic road
barrier but it has a cost of £7,000.
Parish Council Chairman Barry Kew, right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We're planning to install a 3.5ft grass bund around the village
green to deter the travellers and will be discussing the plans in
more detail at the next parish council meeting."
cost will be £6-8,000, which is a huge amount to spend from
there's plenty of support in the village for something to be done
and we're hoping to go ahead with the grass bund shortly."
also looked at installing bollards around the green, but there are
pipes and cables underneath which we'd have to avoid or get relocated."
Burnham-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has also been looking into whether
changes to the law could help local communities move the travellers
faster in future.
Village Green in late July saw 30 travellers set up camp there.
scenes in June when 20 travellers vehicles were at Burnham-On-Sea's
BASC sports ground.