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Posted on July 31 2016 at 2:07:26

Travellers

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Residents were concerned when a group of travellers moved on to land between Spode Gardens and Royal Worcester Crescent.

West Mercia Police arrived swiftly to try to stop any more vehicles gaining access, and learned from the group’s leader that the travellers planned to stay for a week.

The force’s Community Support team advised residents not to approach the group or try to take control of the situation themselves.

An element of panic and anger ensued among residents as more travellers arrived and there were reports of frightened children and concern over the safety of property and belongings.

Resident Aaron Powell commented on the Oakalls Facebook page: “They are right behind our garden on Spode Gardens and the noise is terrible.”

One resident suggested blockading the road, while others suggested withholding payment of council tax until the situation was resolved.

Residents were advised to report antisocial behaviour on the non-emergency number 101 and for urgent response to call 999.

Bromsgrove District Council was swift to act and the following day the travellers were served papers to move on.

Coun Caroline Spencer and District Coun Kit Taylor worked closely with the police to enforce the eviction process and the travellers duly left the estate the following evening.

Bollards have now been installed on Penshurst Road bike and footpaths to prevent any similar incidents.

Coun Spencer hopes to arrange a risk assessment in September, so that consideration can be given to securing the estate’s open spaces.

Mediaeval day

END-OF-TERM FUN AT FINSTALL
Finstall First School pupils had an enjoyable last few weeks of term with a packed programme of extra-curricular activities.

The whole school participated in a sponsored footpath walk, raising around £1,200 – half of the proceeds went to the school and the other half was donated to Ehlers-Danlos Support UK, a charity that supports those living with a condition that typically causes fragile skin.

Year 4 performed Treasure Island as their end-of-year play, while Year 2 took part in a mediaeval-themed day, the culmination of a summer term project on castles and the people who lived in them. 

Josh Jacobs said: “It was fun dressing up and we ate lots of food at the pretend banquet.”

Hannah Brashaw added: “Life in mediaeval times was fun if you were rich but not so good if you were poor.”

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