ACCORDING to Cllr Leaves, the latest illegal encampment and occupation of Central Park may have occurred because a gate was left open by a council employee.
Even if it was, how does that justify another illegal encampment being set up, with the consequent and inevitable cost to the rate payers for cleaning up the site, waste disposal, fly tipping, toilets, dog excrement and so on?
Some of these holidaymakers who generously may ask to be described as travellers or Gypsies, have not been adverse in the past to the use of bolt cutters.
Recent incidents such as the use of bolt cutters on security fences at Crownhill and Staddiscombe with witness complaints, are a matter of public record and been reported to the police, with no action being taken.
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So the plush 4x4s drawing the equally plush caravans with associated satellite dishes, have now taken up residence on the main public park thereby depriving the people that pay for the facility of its use, until they deign to up sticks and go back home again to their permanent homes.
If they can park illegally on grass in Central Park, why can't they go to the existing grassed areas at St Budeaux, Woolwell or the hardstanding at Efford that have already been designated for their use?
Perhaps it's because the previous council estimate of £5,000 for each and every caravan pitch, not each site, hasn't been expended.
You couldn't make it up.