Anger at mess on Potters Bar green space amid traveller occupation
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Residents have reacted angrily to litter and human faeces on a green space as the council takes action to try and move travellers on.
A Hertsmere Council spokesman said a resident had reported that around 12 caravans had stopped in Parkfield Open Space off Billy Lows Lane on Friday, June 8.
Following the call, the council’s environmental health officers visited the area.
A spokeswoman said the travellers were issued a notice of direction to leave, but as they were still there on Monday, June 11, the local authority has decided to seek court action.
In the meantime, local residents are angry at the accumulating mess, some of which has been bagged up and left at the side of the road.
One resident reported that her dog had eaten human faeces yesterday evening, which was on the grass.
Another resident reported to the council that the path from Parkfield Path and Billy Lows Lane was covered in human faeces and paper towels.
Potters Bar resident Chris Cook emailed the council to see when the mess would be cleared up but was told that contractors would only remove the waste once the travellers had left.
A court hearing, which is taking place today, could grant the council a Removal Order which would require the travellers to leave the site.
Residents are concerned that this could mean that the council will not clear the waste until tomorrow.
A spokeswoman for the council told the Potters Bar Edition said: “Contractors working on behalf of the council are on standby to carry out a clear-up of the Parkfields site as soon as the group has moved from that location.”
Mr Cook added: “Some credit has to be given to the council for acting promptly in setting in motion the eviction process.
“Sadly, we have since been let down by an obdurate attitude from Environmental Health.
“Do they not appreciate the risk to health here?
“They appear content to wait until an incident occurs.
“There is now contamination of the ground together with surely a risk to the local water supply.
“The travellers must be commended for bagging up their rubbish.
“The toilet facilities appear to have now been overwhelmed.”