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Travellers set up camp on regeneration site

A group of travellers who have set up camp in Smith's Wood may be forced to leave the site earmarked for regeneration

A group of travellers who have set up camp in Smith's Wood may be forced to leave the site earmarked for regeneration.

Up to 13 caravans and vehicles were pitched in Lanchester Park, Lanchester Way on Tuesday evening.

It was a double blow for Smith's Wood resident Tina Williams, who already opposes plans to build on the green land.

"There are not enough open space as it is for people in Smith's Wood.

"We are trying to fight to keep our park as a park and do not want any buildings on it.

"Now the travellers could be on the site for some time preventing other people from using the park, especially children who regularly play football on the pitches now covered with caravans."

A council spokesman said: "We are going through the normal process when travellers arrive on our parkland, which includes a visit today (Wednesday) and carrying out adult and children welfare checks tomorrow.

"Assuming there are no issues we need to deal with, we will deliver a notice giving the travellers three days to move. If they do not leave by this time, we will then take court action."

North Solihull Partnership's 15-year programme to regenerate Chelmsley Wood, Smith's Wood and Kingshurst and Fordbridge, will create 8,000 new mixed-tenure homes, along with five village centres.

Part of Lanchester Park has been allocated for development and consultations with residents are underway. ..SUPL:

 

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