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Yep... but they probably did travel about at one time until the big chap bought the land and managed to get permission to stay :wink: 

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It seems to me that the main problems which occur with regard to 'travellers' are related to there seeming to be multiple accepted definitions of the word 'traveller'.

In my mind the different groups of people are easily defined;

As Wolfie and Sid have just said 20yrs in one place is a settled existence and not a travelling lifestyle so these people should not be classed as travellers.

Those who have bought land and set up a permanent residence should not be classed as travellers - nor should they be treated any different than anybody else when it comes to seeking planning permission on the green belt!

Those who are travelling the country merely so that they can pursue a life of crime and evade conviction are not travellers but travelling criminals.

Those who have been born into a family who have been travelling - with no fixed abode - for generations and who maintain this nomadic lifestyle are true travellers. ,These people are generally not troublesome, support themselves by working as they go and are just as much, if not more so, disgruntled by the other groups who call themselves 'travellers'.

The true travellers should be easily identifiable and I think that by the police and authorities they are. So why are all these clearly different groups of people classified under the same name ie. ''travellers'.

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Diz, even if they were once true travellers, once they have given up the lifestyle they become non travellers.  

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"Travelers" moved on to MaryAnne Meadows site football pitches.

Ah. So that's what those vans were doing driving around westbrook yesterday.

 

Anyone want to wager where they end up next? Time out/asda carpark perhaps??

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Are they the same ones who were apparently behind Next/Boots up at Westbrook last week or yet another lot ?   It must be costing the council a fortune to keep moving them all on :(

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