A North East council is working to evict a group of travellers illegally living on land close to an industrial estate.
Residents have complained to police and council staff that they have been subjected to intimidating behaviour, dogs running wild, as well as waste around the site since the group arrived on the land in Cramlington, Northumberland.
The land off Nelson Way beside the industrial estate in the town has around nine caravans currently in place on the site.
Concerns have been raised by residents and councillor Wayne Daley, who represents Cramlington North for the County Council and Town Council, said he has received a number of complaints from residents in recent days.
“There’s a big big issue in Cramlington at the moment with this,” he said. “I have received a number of calls from residents expressing serious concerns.”
Coun Daley said travellers had been living illegally on land close to Northumberlandia but had since moved on to near the industrial estate in Cramlington.
“My concern is I have kids and I represent an area full of families with young kids playing out on bikes,” he said. “The last thing I want on the summer holidays is to have wild dogs from irresponsible owners going and attacking young people or anyone for that matter.”
He said many members of the travelling community behave considerately when they arrive in a new area, but: “this is people who know their rights but have no respect for the communities they land in.”
Coun Daley said the county council was doing everything in its powers to get the correct court orders to evict the travellers illegally occupying the land.
A Northumberland County Council spokesperson said: “Northumberland County Council is aware of an unauthorised encampment at this location in Cramlington. This group have camped without permission on a number of other pieces of land nearby recently.
The Gypsy Roma Traveller Liaison Officer visited the encampment shortly after being notified, carried out an assessment and outlined a code of conduct expected to be followed whilst staying there. Due to a number of factors, the group were then formally directed to leave the following day but failed to do so.
“The process of evicting the unauthorised campers from this location is ongoing but is at an advanced stage.
“Northumberland County Council is working hard to reduce the impact of this unauthorised encampment on local residents and nearby businesses.”