Update: Taxpayers left with bill for Sydenham travellers' car park mess clean-up

Update: Taxpayers left with bill for Sydenham travellers' car park mess clean-up

The mess left in Sydenham's Girton Road car park, picture courtesy of A L Barnard

Around 20 large caravans arrived on October 20 at the overflow section of the Girton Road car park

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TAXPAYERS have been hit with the bill for cleaning up “outrageous” mess left by travellers who pitched up illegally in a Sydenham car park.

Around 20 large caravans arrived on October 20 at the overflow section of the Girton Road car park and left behind vast amounts of rubbish with melted tarmac from open fires.

News Shopper: Travellers convoy pitch up at Sydenham car park

The group only left on November 11 – the day Lewisham Council was taking them to court for trespassing - after being served an eviction order on October 23.

The clean-up job is due to finish today - with the cost to taxpayers not yet known - and the council "reluctantly" forking out in a time of budget cuts.

Neighbour Adrian Barnard said: "I was horrified to see the mess and damage they have left.

"It's outrageous that they are allowed to get away with it."

Concrete sleepers have been set up to prevent further intrusions and other costs include labour, materials, and repairs to the burnt tarmac and damaged height and width restriction posts.

News Shopper also received reports from residents of smashed windows and bricks thrown in the area at passersby around the back of Sainsbury’s, in Southend Lane.

Around 20 caravans rocked up at Bell Green and Catford Stadium on the night after travellers left the car park.

But police had more powers to move them on from these private land sites and caravans were later seen heading towards the Blackwall Tunnel on November 11.

Two caravans were left behind at Catford Stadium and police have made arrangements to remove them.

A Lewisham Council spokesman said: "We will have to foot the bill for this.

"It is money the council has had to spend - money that we could do with spending on other things particularly in a time of budget cuts.

"This is a necessary expenditure but one we have reluctantly had to do.

"They were trespassing and needed to leave."

He added that a balance needed to be found between securing the site against caravans while making sure large delivery trucks could still fit in for access to local stores.

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1:38pm Thu 14 Nov 13

ksc says...

Because we have to be this, considerate, caring, understanding, empathizing society, the low life's will always see this as a weakness and reward us with this type of behavior. You can't nick them, you can't fine them, you can't get them into court, you cant even deliver a summons to their caravans, (not if you wan't to be delivering the post the next day) so with this unique ability to be above the law, can you blame them. The best thing we can do is to stop complaining, clear up their s**t and foot the bill.
Because we have to be this, considerate, caring, understanding, empathizing society, the low life's will always see this as a weakness and reward us with this type of behavior. You can't nick them, you can't fine them, you can't get them into court, you cant even deliver a summons to their caravans, (not if you wan't to be delivering the post the next day) so with this unique ability to be above the law, can you blame them. The best thing we can do is to stop complaining, clear up their s**t and foot the bill. ksc
  • Score: 7

2:05pm Thu 14 Nov 13

annam85 says...

...and travellers actually wonder why the settled community don't want them in their neighbourhood? Madness..
...and travellers actually wonder why the settled community don't want them in their neighbourhood? Madness.. annam85
  • Score: 10

2:23pm Thu 14 Nov 13

sarfflondonbird says...

annam85 wrote:
...and travellers actually wonder why the settled community don't want them in their neighbourhood? Madness..
Ssssh..............y
ou can't say that...............t
hat's being racist.
[quote][p][bold]annam85[/bold] wrote: ...and travellers actually wonder why the settled community don't want them in their neighbourhood? Madness..[/p][/quote]Ssssh..............y ou can't say that...............t hat's being racist. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 14

2:58pm Thu 14 Nov 13

donna_kebab says...

The Irish have the solution. If a caravan or caravans stop illegally or anywhere other than a designated site, the authorities take the caravans and burn them. Stops the problem once and for all and at very little cost to the lae abiding tax payers.
The Irish have the solution. If a caravan or caravans stop illegally or anywhere other than a designated site, the authorities take the caravans and burn them. Stops the problem once and for all and at very little cost to the lae abiding tax payers. donna_kebab
  • Score: 11

4:18pm Thu 14 Nov 13

the wall says...

3.147keys
3.147keys the wall
  • Score: 0

7:53pm Thu 14 Nov 13

molsey says...

donna_kebab wrote:
The Irish have the solution. If a caravan or caravans stop illegally or anywhere other than a designated site, the authorities take the caravans and burn them. Stops the problem once and for all and at very little cost to the lae abiding tax payers.
What a blinding idea, if only that would happen here. The Irish ain't so silly after all, be-jesus.
[quote][p][bold]donna_kebab[/bold] wrote: The Irish have the solution. If a caravan or caravans stop illegally or anywhere other than a designated site, the authorities take the caravans and burn them. Stops the problem once and for all and at very little cost to the lae abiding tax payers.[/p][/quote]What a blinding idea, if only that would happen here. The Irish ain't so silly after all, be-jesus. molsey
  • Score: 5

10:20pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Gypo.Joe says...

molsey wrote:
donna_kebab wrote:
The Irish have the solution. If a caravan or caravans stop illegally or anywhere other than a designated site, the authorities take the caravans and burn them. Stops the problem once and for all and at very little cost to the lae abiding tax payers.
What a blinding idea, if only that would happen here. The Irish ain't so silly after all, be-jesus.
Don't you ever forget, the paddies are ya daddies.


Joe himself.
[quote][p][bold]molsey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]donna_kebab[/bold] wrote: The Irish have the solution. If a caravan or caravans stop illegally or anywhere other than a designated site, the authorities take the caravans and burn them. Stops the problem once and for all and at very little cost to the lae abiding tax payers.[/p][/quote]What a blinding idea, if only that would happen here. The Irish ain't so silly after all, be-jesus.[/p][/quote]Don't you ever forget, the paddies are ya daddies. Joe himself. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -5

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