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No concessions for visit of Pope

TRAVELLERS who set up a make-shift camp in Hall Green - hoping to catch a glimpse of the Pope - have moved on.

TRAVELLERS who set up a make-shift camp in Hall Green - hoping to catch a glimpse of the Pope - have moved on.

Locals were in uproar when the caravans rolled up at historic Sarehole Mill - known for its links to the writer JRR Tolkien.

They quickly left the site, only to move onto nearby playing fields, in Cole Bank Road.

Birmingham City Council issued a seven-day deadline for them to leave and the families moved on over the Bank Holiday.

Councillor Martin Mullaney said that he had been in contact with residents and that the site had been left in good condition - with no rubbish left behind.

The group, who had driven from Leeds and Donegal, in Ireland, said that they had come to see Pope Benedict - who is visiting the city this month.

Local authorities fear that other camps could spring up in the weeks leading up to the Papal visit, on September 19.

Coun Ian Hedley, leader of Solihull Council, said: “We will be treating any traveller groups wishing to settle in the borough in the same way as we do at any other time, this includes promptly carrying out the necessary welfare checks and proceedings to move travellers on.

“Equally, we are working closely with the police and Birmingham Council to manage any visitors and traffic in the area during the Papal visit.”

 

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