Travellers vacate Potters Bar green space

The travellers leaving Parkfield in Potters Bar this afternoon. Picture: Chris Cook.

The travellers leaving Parkfield in Potters Bar this afternoon. Picture: Chris Cook.

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Police were on hand as travellers made their way off a green space this afternoon after having spent a week there.

The travellers leaving Parkfield in Potters Bar this afternoon. Picture: Chris Cook.The travellers leaving Parkfield in Potters Bar this afternoon. Picture: Chris Cook.

Last Friday, Hertsmere Council was made aware that about 12 caravans had stopped in Parkfield Open Space off Billy Lows Lane.

The council issued a notice of direction to leave, but as they were still there on Monday, June 11, the local authority decided to seek court action and was granted a Removal Order.

Potters Bar resident Chris Cook who witnessed the police escorting the travellers off the site said he was pleased that it has been vacated with “minimal fuss”.

He added: “It’s a shame that many of our police officers were tied up to ensure there was no breach of the peace.

The travellers leaving Parkfield in Potters Bar this afternoon. Picture: Chris Cook.The travellers leaving Parkfield in Potters Bar this afternoon. Picture: Chris Cook.

“They acted very professionally.

“The residents are left disappointed and frustrated by Hertsmere’s failure to remove the rubbish earlier in the week.”

Yesterday piles of rubbish were dumped next to the Parkfield sign leaving many residents angry.

One resident reported that her dog had eaten human faeces, which had been on the grass.

The travellers leaving Parkfield in Potters Bar this afternoon. Picture: Chris Cook.The travellers leaving Parkfield in Potters Bar this afternoon. Picture: Chris Cook.

Another resident reported to the council that the path from Parkfield Path and Billy Lows Lane was covered in human faeces and paper towels.

Mr 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.

The council’s contractors were spotted parked up next to the rubbish this afternoon.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times has contacted Hertsmere Council for comment.

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