30 caravans surround city park's basketball court with camp yards from primary school

-Credit: (Image: BirminghamLive)
-Credit: (Image: BirminghamLive)

Up to 30 caravans and vehicles are occupying a city park just yards from a primary school. Travellers have set up their temporary camp surrounding the green's basketball court, which is regularly used for local children to play.

The large group were located at Parkdale Park, just off Longbridge Lane, in West Heath, yesterday, Friday, June 21. The park is located right next to Albert Bradbeer Primary School.

Some residents said they were surprised to see such a large group take to the field. A city council spokesperson told BirminghamLive there were alternative sites for travellers in the city.

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He added: "Birmingham City Council is committed to actively protecting its land and will take steps to recover this land where unauthorised encampments encroach upon it.

"The council has useable transit sites and plots for use by the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community – which is in line with Government policy – and details of the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment carried out and updated in 2019 can be found on our website."

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