Anger over new travellers’ camp in Boldon

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A TRAVELLERS’ site which has appeared next to a housing estate has sparked anger among residents.

The camp, which was set up on Saturday afternoon, is on land off Abingdon Way, next to Cotswolds Lane in Boldon Colliery.

It’s thought about 15 people have moved small modern caravans and traditional trailers, along with horses, onto the land, which is privately owned.

People living nearby say they are not happy want the travellers to move on.

One, who wouldn’t give their name, said: “Why should we have to put up with this, just because they have decided to set up camp there?

“There’s no toilet facilities, or washing provisions, so it’s going to be very unhygienic. Where are they going to be disposing of their waste?

“Sometimes kids play on the grass or people with dogs walk by on it.

“People shouldn’t be allowed to be able to do that, we have to live here and we have bought our homes, why should we have to put up with the mess? ”

A South Tyneside council spokesman said the authority will be notifying the landowner to make him aware of the circumstances. Last December the council gave the go-ahead for a permanent gypsy and traveller site, just a mile away at West Pastures, off Newcastle Road, West Boldon. Each of the 11 pitches has space for two caravans and a detached brick building to provide kitchen and bathroom facilities, utility storage and general living space.