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New site for travellers

The new site for the travellers: they who moved from the east end of Forfar to the west end on Thursday evening after they were issued with an eviction notice by the courts. Within hours of receiving the notice there was a steady stream of vehicles towing caravans off the Gowanbank site to the new site opposite Guide Dogs.

The new site for the travellers: they who moved from the east end of Forfar to the west end on Thursday evening after they were issued with an eviction notice by the courts. Within hours of receiving the notice there was a steady stream of vehicles towing caravans off the Gowanbank site to the new site opposite Guide Dogs.

Two sites at the west end of Forfar remain occupied by separate travellers’ camps as the local authority continues to monitor the situation.

One is an encampment at the roundabout on the entrance to Forfar from the Glamis Road, whilse the second new camp was set up on Thursday evening after the trustees of the Strangs Mortification Trust were forced to take court action to have the travellers evicted from a strip of land off the Montrose Road at Gowanbank.

News that the travellers were to be evicted from the latter emerged as members of Forfar Community Council gathered for their monthly meeting in the Town and County Hall.

A group of residents from the Gowanbank area had attended the meeting with the hope of airing their grievances in public, but due to the court proceedings which had taken place that afternoon and the serving of an “Immediate Extract for Eviction” on the travellers, they were read a statement on behalf of the trustees by community council chairman Mrs Isobel Ross.

It stated that, if the site was not vacated, the eviction would be enforced. This was not necessary as in the early evening the travellers moved camp - to Orchardbank.

At the time of going to press on Tuesday (yesterday) Angus Council confirmed they are aware of the traveller camp at Orchardbank and are monitoring the situation in line with their policies and procedures.

 

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