Clean-up after travellers leave

Travellers damaged a memorial bench at Bexhill Down. SUS-150306-105832001
Travellers damaged a memorial bench at Bexhill Down. SUS-150306-105832001
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Human excrement had to be cleared from Bexhill Down after travellers left the site last Thursday (May 28), the council has said.

Rother District Council say their contractors, assisted by members of the public, cleared several bags worth of rubbish following the group’s departure.

A spokesperson for the authority added that a memorial bench, which had been damaged by fire or a barbecue, has been taken away for repair.

Around a dozen caravans and other vehicles set up on the football and cricket pitches on the The Downs at around 9pm on Tuesday May 26.

Some nearby residents were dismayed by the arrival, and there were complaints about late night noise from generators.

After discussions between Sussex Police, the East Sussex County Council traveller liaison officer and Rother District Council, which owns the land, the group was served with a Section 61 notice, ordering them to leave by 9am on Friday May 29.

A Rother District Council spokesman said: “We worked closely with the police to help encourage the travellers to move on as swiftly as possible.

“The travellers left the site on Thursday evening and our contractors attended the following day to clear up the mess left behind and had to remove a number of bags of rubbish.

“There was also damage to a bench at the site, apparently caused by a fire or barbecue.

“The bench has been removed for repair and will be returned when this work is completed.

“We’d like to thank people living nearby for their understanding and particularly those public-spirited residents who went down to the site to assist in the clean-up operation.”

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