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Catford travellers leave behind piles of rubbish
TRAVELLERS who settled in a Catford building site last week have left piles of rubbish behind them.
Around 30 caravans were moved from the area – close to the former Catford Greyhound station – after being evicted by land owners GLA.
There were complaints of stones being pelted at passersby after the group pitched up on the Barratts Homes development site on September 12.
Catford resident Austen Jones, who lives in nearby Chilthorn Close, said: “Amazingly the travellers have gone but they have left a huge pile of rubbish.
“Who pays for the clean-up?
“It’s been detrimental to the travelling community because it reinforces a negative stereotype.
“Throwing stones at pedestrians is totally unacceptable.”
GLA served an eviction notice after being contacted on September 13 and the group left on September 17 around 10.20am.
A GLA spokeswoman says the travellers are believed to have moved in after barriers were temporarily lifted while the developers were on site.
But Mr Jones, who runs a property maintenance company, questions why security was slack at a “crucial” point in Catford’s regeneration.
The 44-year-old said: “That site was open waiting to be used. It must have been a breach of security.
“This is a crucial site as a depot for the redevelopment of the former Catford Greyhound stadium.
“This is a pedestrian link between Catford and Catford Bridge stations so it was becoming a real black-spot and a really hostile environment.”
Concrete blocks have now been put up across the site between Catford Station and Catford Bridge Station.
A spokeswoman for GLA said: “The clean-up has started and GLA are managing and paying for that.
"The barriers have gone back up as well and it is business as usual.”
It comes after travellers settled in a Dartford Park last week and Bexley Village the week before.
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