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Travellers' arrival halts work on village hall
12:32pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Romsey
A GROUP of about 18 travellers have halted work on improving Plaitford Village Hall.
Police issued the travellers who arrived at the village hall car park at 8pm on Wednesday with a notice to leave by midday today(Thursday).
Village hall chairman Sarah Pearce said: “We've had to tell the workmen putting in a new kitchen and toilets not to turn up for work because we are worried about security while the travellers are here. Basically the travellers have stopped us running a business.”
Mrs Pearce said that the village hall committee has been promised a £7,400 grant towards the cost of the improvement work but they have only got until the end of September to get it done and they cannot afford to lose time.
Plaitford Parish Council chairman Keith Curtis said everyone in the village is keeping a close watch on the situation.
“There are six caravans on the site. They have brought a heap of scrap metal with them including an old engine. No one is going to want to use the village hall with the travellers there. I hope they soon move on. Work on the village hall has been interrupted because of the travellers' presence in the car park,” said Mr Curtis.
Romsey's police chief Inspector Jackie Willson said officers served a section 61 order on the travellers and action would be taken to remove them if they don't comply.
“If they don't comply we will recover their vehicles. One way or another they will leave today (Thursday). There hasn't been any trouble with them as far as I am aware. They have children and they stopped there overnight to rest,” said Inspector Willson.
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