Sort it out Holyrood! - call from Ellon councillor

Travellers are believed to have moved from Balmacassie in Ellon, where they were camped for several weeks, to this site on the outskirts of Newburgh
Travellers are believed to have moved from Balmacassie in Ellon, where they were camped for several weeks, to this site on the outskirts of Newburgh

An Ellon politician has called on the Scottish Parliament to address the problem of travelling people once and for all.

Councillor Gillian Owen (inset) claims communities are being “left high and dry” on the issue of travellers.

Ellon councillor Gillian Owen

Ellon councillor Gillian Owen

She was commenting after a group of travellers left a site at Balmacassie they had been illegally occupying for several weeks. A number of them are believed to have moved to the Waterside car park on the outskirts of Newburgh -to the anger of the local community.

Councillor Owen told the Times: “I am disappointed at this whole process, it seems that local communities are being left high and dry on the issue of travellers.

“Local councils end up with much of the cost and a lot of running around. This really is a problem that Holyrood should address as they have written the rule 
book. I would also urge local residents to be very careful about who they employ to do work around their properties. By employing travellers rather than reputable local businesses you only encourage groups into our community who feed off such enterprise.”

The arrival of around 12 caravans in Newburgh was met with dismay by some villagers.

Duncan Milne, of Foveran Community Council, said: “The law of the land should apply to them as much as anyone else. If they are parked illegally it should be a straightforward matter for the authorities.”