Beeches car park now back in full use
Release date: 28 June 2015
Cotswold District Council is very pleased to report that all the spaces in the Beeches car park in Cirencester are now available for public use again. Travellers who had been occupying a substantial number of spaces departed the car park on Saturday 27 June.
Working with Cirencester Town Councillors, CDC officers alerted a street cleaning crew from Ubico Ltd as soon as the travellers left, and they attended the site promptly to clear most of the refuse and litter left behind. A crew will visit the car park again on Monday to ensure that it is returned to a completely clean and tidy condition.
Following unsuccessful attempts last week to persuade the travellers to leave the car park, the Council resorted to legal action to regain possession. This resulted in the granting of an injunction which set a final deadline of 11 am on Sunday 28 June for the travellers to vacate the site.
Commenting on the recent events, Cllr Chris Hancock, CDC’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships, said:
“I would like to thank everyone who helped to bring about a successful outcome to this thorny issue, both at the district and town council level as well as the local police. Ubico also deserve praise for their clean-up efforts. I am also extremely grateful for the patience shown by local residents, motorists and traders during our negotiations with the travellers and the subsequent preparation of detailed evidence to effect their removal by legal means.
"Because a considerable number of spaces were unavailable during the occupation of the site, we allowed season ticket holders for the Beeches car park to also use the nearby Waterloo if they wished. This offer still remains valid until the end of Friday 3 July.”
Cllr David Henson, one of the Cirencester Town Council members for St Michael’s Ward, added:
“The Beeches car park is in my ward and I also live near to the car park, so I have been very much aware first-hand of the negative effect of the traveller encampment on many local residents and businesses over the last few days. I have personally been very supportive of the actions which CDC has taken to resolve the issue as soon as practicable, and I was pleased to contribute a detailed statement about community impact to support their application for an injunction.”