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Travellers have left the building...well, a car park

16:57 13 January 2014

Around 25 caravans were parked in Bretons car park last week

Around 25 caravans were parked in Bretons car park last week

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Travellers have moved on after almost a week of occupying a car park and leaving residents “on edge”.

The majority of the travellers have now left the siteThe majority of the travellers have now left the site

Bretons Outdoor Recreation Centre car park, in Rainham Road, Rainham, was invaded by around 25 caravans last week.

Stephanie Nunn, a representative of the Resident’s Association for Hornchurch and for the Elm Park Focus team, said: “This is a nice little community and not only is rubbish being thrown everywhere, it’s making everyone on edge”.

Now a row has broken out between groups over security measures at the car park.

Cllr Barry Oddy (Conservative, Elm Park) said on community forum Streetlife: “Access was gained by breaking the locks on the gate.”

Around 25 caravans were parked in Bretons car park last weekAround 25 caravans were parked in Bretons car park last week

But Cllr Barbara Matthews, (Residents’ Association, Hacton), said: “Whoever started the rumour that these travellers cut the barrier locks to gain entry is absolutely wrong. There was no barrier in use, and that needs addressing urgently to prevent any future invasions”.

Stephanie added: “He [Cllr Oddy] is treating us like fools!”

When the Parks Protection Service went to speak to the travellers, they were told there were different groups that were planning to move on soon, some to Brighton and others to Cambridge.

Two caravans remain on the site.

The car park is now back up and running.

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