Group of travellers moves into Orpington gym car park

News Shopper: Group of travellers move into Orpington gym car park Group of travellers move into Orpington gym car park

A band of travellers has moved into an Orpington gym car park.

The group reportedly turned up at the branch of LA Fitness, in Sandy Lane, yesterday (Monday July 14) afternoon. 

There are around half a dozen caravans on the site, which is privately owned by a third party. 

Jean Keal, 70, has been a member of LA Fitness for 14 years and said she is "horrified" by the situation.

She told News Shopper: "I followed a police car into the car park and saw the caravans. I was really shocked. 

"I'm horrified - just the thought of them being in there. What will they do?

"They're taking up space in the car park. I don't know what state they'll leave it in.

"I'm not happy about it at all - I think people will stay away. Nobody will feel their cars are safe."

Another female gym member, who asked not to be named, told News Shopper: "I'm disgusted really.

"But I've seen it around here before - it's common in this area."

The deputy manager at LA Fitness declined to comment, but confirmed legal action is being undertaken. 

Police, the landowner, the council, and the gym group are in discussions.

LA Fitness said: "We are working closely with the local police and council on this matter and obviously our priorities are with our staff and to ensure that our customers are not affected while this matter is being sorted with the landlord and the relevant authorities."

Bromley police said: "Police were made aware at around 12.54 on Monday July 14 that around 15 vehicles had set up in the grounds of the LA Fitness Centre in Sandy Lane.

"Officers have attended the site and are working with the council and landowners to resolve the matter."

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3:27pm Tue 15 Jul 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

Why dont they move a mile down the road to hook up with their friends down at the static site on Edington Way?
Why dont they move a mile down the road to hook up with their friends down at the static site on Edington Way? PoppyGreenLeaf
  • Score: 17

9:52am Wed 16 Jul 14

disgruntres says...

Why do these people believe the normal actions of law and decency do not apply to them? Privately owned land, a carpark used by all ages, which will inevitably be left in a filthy state..This will take police time and the landowner will have to pay to clear up after them.Local residents will be bothered by"your roof, drive, garden need work" these people will do poor work for cash in hand and pay no taxes!! The vulnerable elderly will be fleeced again.This is the Borugh of Bromley. Sevenoaks take note we do not agree to your proposed permanent sites on the outskirts of Sevenoaks town.It is one and the same thing ,Travellers or permanent the mess and risks are the same.
Why do these people believe the normal actions of law and decency do not apply to them? Privately owned land, a carpark used by all ages, which will inevitably be left in a filthy state..This will take police time and the landowner will have to pay to clear up after them.Local residents will be bothered by"your roof, drive, garden need work" these people will do poor work for cash in hand and pay no taxes!! The vulnerable elderly will be fleeced again.This is the Borugh of Bromley. Sevenoaks take note we do not agree to your proposed permanent sites on the outskirts of Sevenoaks town.It is one and the same thing ,Travellers or permanent the mess and risks are the same. disgruntres
  • Score: 16

3:46pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Wiff180 says...

They'll be on Ruxley golf course next.....it's only further down the road.
They'll be on Ruxley golf course next.....it's only further down the road. Wiff180
  • Score: 6

7:32pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Harold_Monk says...

Why do they always complain when asked to move on. They're Travellers for heavens sake!
Why do they always complain when asked to move on. They're Travellers for heavens sake! Harold_Monk
  • Score: 5

11:07pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Wiff180 wrote:
They'll be on Ruxley golf course next.....it's only further down the road.
I'll pass that info onto them boi.

THAnk YOu fer the tip.
[quote][p][bold]Wiff180[/bold] wrote: They'll be on Ruxley golf course next.....it's only further down the road.[/p][/quote]I'll pass that info onto them boi. THAnk YOu fer the tip. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 0
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