Legal bid begins to move on travellers

Legal moves have started to move travellers camped on a site on the outskirts of  Newburgh.
Legal moves have started to move travellers camped on a site on the outskirts of Newburgh.

Legal moves are under way to move travellers who have been camped for several weeks on a site near Newburgh.

Caravans have been parked on land at Waterside Bridge on the outskirts of the village since May.

Ellon and District Councillor Gillian Owen has been urging the Scottish Parliament to address the long-running problem of travelling people.

She welcomed this week’s legal move by Aberdeenshire Council.

Mrs Owen said: “I have to say that the alleged behaviour of some of those travellers is totally unacceptable.

“Some of the contacts I have received from local residents concerning the acts of individual travellers are very disturbing.

“As I have said before I am all for live and let live but there are limits.

“It seems to have taken a while to establish the owner of the land and I am delighted that action is now being taken. I am disappointed that the council seems to be unaware of what land we own and have asked the Director to look into this.”

The first stage of the eviction process for the Newburgh encampment began earlier in the week.

A council officer visited the site on Monday to confirm that proceedings were starting.