Playing ‘cat and mouse’ with travellers

20160506- St. Margaret Park Travellers Camp, Forfar''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.
20160506- St. Margaret Park Travellers Camp, Forfar''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.

A Forfar councillor has described how Angus Council is playing “cat and mouse” with travellers who have set up three unauthorised camps.

Councillor Colin Brown was speaking on Monday after the group was evicted from a site at the west end of Forfar on Friday, simply to set up camp at the east end of town.

Mr Brown, who is also chairman of Forfar Farmington Football Club, explained the latest camp had impacted on the club’s weekend games.

He told the ‘Dispatch’: “We had to re-arrange four games which should have been played at Whitehills on Saturday, and I believe Forfar Boys Football Club also had games which should have been played at Whitehills Park. We have had to cancel our training and matches at Whitehills. There is no room for people to park; there are uncontrolled dogs yapping at your heels and we couldn’t risk a child being bitten by a dog.

“The travellers are playing cat and mouse with the council: they arrive, the council goes through all the proper channels, notice is served on them and they then move on to another site.

“This year they set up camp at the football pitch at the lochside and were evicted from there; then they moved to Threewells and now they are at St Margaret’s Park.”

Councillor Brown has urged the travellers to use the authorised site at Tealing.

A spokesman for Angus Council said: “We are aware of the unauthorised encampment at Whitehills football pitches/St Margaret’s Park and are continuing to monitor the situation in accordance with policy and procedures.”

A spokesperson for Police Scotland stated: “Police Scotland is working closely with Angus Council and are monitoring the situation.”