Local anger as travellers less behind trail of mess at Taunton park

Locals have been forced to tidy up a popular Taunton park after travellers left behind a trail of mess last week. The travellers set up camp in Victoria Park last Friday and remained for several days, leading to frustration among locals at their arrival at a spot which is popular with families and children. Resident Veronica Roach was among a group of volunteers who helped to clean up the park.

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Victoria Park has always been a popular spot for the locals of Taunton. (Image: Visit Taunton)

She said: “We would like to thank the volunteers and residents that came out to help with the massive clear up of rubbish, excrement and very sadly two dead hedgehogs after the travellers vacated the park. “The council also quickly responded by sending out trucks to take the bags of rubbish away. The park is now clean again for you to enjoy.

Thank you all for your help. It’s so nice to see dog walkers and children playing in the park again.” The park is looked after by the Victoria Park Action Group, which was formed by volunteers in response to cuts in council funding more than two decades ago.

Speaking about the travellers incident, Ms Roach added: “I’m ex-military, so I’m a strong independent feisty old gal, but I don’t mind telling you that on Friday night when they were bumper to bumper in my cul-de-sac felt quite vulnerable, and when they set up camp outside of my back gate, I couldn’t sleep all night. “As I said to the police, this isn’t a waste ground, it’s a park where families have picnics, children play, local school teams play football and local residents meet up with others and walk their dogs.” A spokesman for Somerset West and Taunton Council said: “We were notified that travellers had set up camp in Victoria Park last Friday, 29 July and we commenced enforcement action the same day.

The travellers vacated the site on the evening of Monday, 1 August.

“We’d like to thank Victoria Park Action Group Taunton for their help in clearing the waste left behind which we promptly collected”.

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