‘Don’t let these travellers stay’

Caravans at Lancaster Road, Preesall

Caravans at Lancaster Road, Preesall

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RESIDENTS have urged a planning inspector to dismiss an emotive appeal by travellers’.

They say plans to create a permanent site on greenbelt land off Lancaster Road, Preesall, have “ruined their lives”.

A public inquiry into Wyre council’s decision to turn down retrospective planning permission for eight caravan pitches concluded yesterday.

An enforcement notice giving travellers nine months to vacate the site was also served.

At the inquiry on Tuesday travellers made an impassioned plea to be allowed to stay.

But residents say the illegal campers should be given four months to get off the Fylde coast.

Linda Harling, of Maycroft Avenue, Poulton, said the arrival of the travellers had had an adverse effect on her family.

She said: “My son and daughter-in-law moved opposite the site in June 2009.

“They borrowed a considerable amount of money to realise their dream of opening a cattery and having a quiet life in the country with a young son.

“That dream was shattered when their house was shaken to its foundations by heavy vehicles driving up and down the road.

“There is constant noise and light coming from the site and caravans coming and going owned by families the council don’t even know about.

Mrs Harling said her daughter-in-law had developed a stress-related illness and her grandson was scared to death.

She said: “My grandson is disturbed by the whole thing – we go into his room at night to find him with his hands over his ears blocking out the noise.

“The one time my son did approach the travellers he was verbally abused, this is just not acceptable.

“I know the travellers need somewhere to live but they must obey the law and rules just the same as any settled residents.

“I implore you to dismiss this appeal.”