Travelers who caused disruption have been prohibited from returning to a park in Sheffield, England after Ecclesfield Parish Council approved investing £30,000 (about USD 41,000) in new barriers.
The barriers will be erected around Angram Bank Park in High Green, where up to 60 caravans stayed during the summer, and huge amounts of trash were reported to have been left behind.
Councilor David Ogle said: “[The travelers] used the park like a toilet, they’ve dumped household rubbish and then they fly-tipped.”
At their second emergency parish meeting on Tuesday, they agreed unanimously to allocate up to £30,000 of their budget to get the barriers put in place as soon as they can.
Around 120 sandstone boulders with a weight of up to two tonnes will be placed along the Park’s entry point. Beds of wildflowers and trees will be planted to make it less of an “eyesore,” said Councilor Ogle.
He added that the funds could be drawn from the Parish Council’s emergency reserves or a £7,000 (about USD 9,600) tax refund and the £10,000 (about USD 13,700) fund to help curb antisocial behavior.
The council is expected to decide on where the funds will come from on October 21.
An official from Friends, Family, and Travellers said: “Putting up barriers to prevent people from residing in a park is much like the anti-homeless benches popping up around the country – they are a waste of resources, make people’s lives miserable, and don’t actually do anything to solve the issue.”
“There is no point in telling people where they can’t go if you’re not telling them where they can go. There is a huge national shortage of places for gypsies and travelers to stop.”
The project still requires approval from Sheffield City Council, as they are the ones who manage the park. However, no funding will be needed from them.
A meeting is scheduled to be held on November 4 to approve the project officially.