Residents' bid to banish travellers who set up camp at an historic plot of countryside near Glastonbury is thwarted... by their own council!

Mail Online | 3/30/2018 | Tom Payne For The Daily Mail
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When travellers moved on to an historic plot of Somerset countryside, councillors promised swift action to remove them.

That was the summer of 2008. Astonishingly, they are still there, in a shanty village over four acres with more than 60 motorhomes, caravans and converted trucks.

Residents - Cottages - Site - Outskirts - Glastonbury

Residents living in cottages near the site, on the outskirts of Glastonbury, have made countless complaints about dogs, bonfires, foul odours and music blaring at all hours.

They are also concerned about a queue of travellers waiting to join the camp, which has just two portable loos for sanitation.

Locals - Cause - Mendip - District - Council

The angry locals’ cause has been taken up by Mendip District Council, which owns the land by an historic 19th century tannery. Officials have applied for an eviction order.

However, this is being thwarted by Glastonbury Town Council, which falls within the district council area. The town council is supporting the travellers’ right to stay – against the wishes of many of its own residents.

Mayor - Emma - George - Green - Party

Led by mayor Emma George of the Green Party, the town council claims the travellers have become an integral part of the community.

Miss George is even acting as the travellers’ McKenzie friend – a legal term for an individual who gives guidance to a plaintiff during court proceedings.

Travellers - Article - European - Convention - Human

The travellers will cite Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees freedom from state interference in private life, when the case is heard next month. But one neighbour, who asked not to...
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