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Gipsies are granted a stay of execution

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: July 25, 2014

By Richard Castle

NO COMPLAINTS . . . Albert Catt.

NO COMPLAINTS . . . Albert Catt.

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COUNCIL bosses are not committing to moving on gypsies who have set up camp in a village neighbouring Uttoxeter.

It was reported earlier this week that travellers had set up on Derby Road, Doveridge, with 15 to 20 caravans parked either side of the road.

Doveridge residents and Derbyshire Police have reported no social or criminal issues surrounding the travellers.

And now Derbyshire County Council, which has responsibility for the road, has said it may take no action to move the itinerants on.

A council spokesman said: "We have been informed about travellers staying on a site on Derby Road in Doveridge.

"We have visited the site twice and are following the guidelines so we can decide what action to take, if any is required."

Norman Kerfoot, of Somersall Herbert, regularly cycles past the travellers.

He said: "Most mornings I cycle and they are generally very pleasant and wave at me while they're drinking their morning tea.

"I've seen no problems but, from past experience, the smell created on that site is pretty bad. I think they'll move on of their own accord when the smell gets too bad for them."

Albert Catt, a Doveridge ward councillor for Derbyshire Dales District Council, said he had received no complaints about the travellers.

He said one of the groups, the Gaskin family, were well known to people in the village as their travelling patterns often includes areas in the Derbyshire Dales.

The district council has been in discussion to try and find them an area which 'suits their needs' so they can settle.

He said: "The second group is a lot larger and is around 200 to 300 yards away from the first group.

"I think that they could be part of the extended family and there is about 11 caravans with 15 assorted vehicles and they are separate from the first group.

"They are located well back from the road and I have had no problems or complaints about them at all.

"The first group has been subject of consideration for a site for a couple of years as we have been trying to find them a permanent site within the Derbyshire Dales that suits their circumstances and is acceptable to them.

"We are trying to do what we can as a council to suit both the settled and travelling community in the Derbyshire Dales."

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