Sheltered housing residents have called for a permanent fence to be built near a Northampton school after the arrival of the latest group of travellers.
Ten travellers’ caravans have remained in a car park off Ecton Brook Road for two weeks despite efforts by the Countywide Traveller Unit to move them on. The local authority has already removed two caravans that were in the road.
However residents in sheltered housing in Pennycress Place said they feel intimidated by the larger encampment.
One woman, who asked not to be named, said: “The two vehicles were blocking the pavement so we couldn’t get by with our mobility scooters. I’m pleased they have been moved but the others are causing a nuisance with their noise and leaving rubbish.”
The remaining travellers are parked in an overflow car park that used to be used by a now-closed doctor’s surgery.
Another resident said: “What is needed is a large fence built in front of the car park. The mound of earth that is there at the moment has no effect. Surely a one-off payment for a fence would save the council money in court costs for eviction proceedings.”
A spokeswoman for the traveller unit said: “We’ve requested that this group leaves at the weekend, otherwise we will begin the usual process with a view to eviction.”