Travellers set up huge camp in Birmingham park during half-term

Travellers set up an encampment on Daisy Farm Park in Highters Heath
-Credit: (Image: Adam Higgs, Conservative Councillor for Highters Heath Ward FB page)

Locals have expressed their frustration after a large convoy of caravans moved onto a popular family park during the half-term holidays. The group of vehicles consisting of cars, vans and quad bikes set up camp on Daisy Park Farm in Maypole on Tuesday (May 28).

According to online images, the group has filled up the public car park next to the children's play area and are also parked around the perimeter of green fields. Some residents had said they had never seen such a large gathering in one place, with others saying they would refrain from using the park.

Councillor Adam Higgs said he 'shared the frustration of local residents' and has asked the council to serve enforcement proceedings.

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Councillor Higgs posted on his Facebook page: "Sadly our Labour Council continuing to refuse to take park defences seriously, has resulted in another unauthorised traveller encampment on Daisy Farm Park. I reached out to the council earlier today to inform them of the unauthorised encampment, who will serve notice tomorrow which begins the legal process of removing them from the site.

"I share the frustration of local residents with what has happened on this bank holiday and will continue, as I have done for years, to push the council to do more to better protect our local park."

Travellers set up an encampment on Daisy Farm Park in Maypole
-Credit:Adam Higgs, Conservative Councillor for Highters Heath Ward FB page

Denise Vale said on Facebook: "Oh dear school holidays as well so kids can't go park." Diane Bennett posted: "Never seen so many."

Hazel Hopkins said: "Wow there’s quite a few. Not seen that many all in one go there before."

Leigh Simmonds wrote: "Took the whole park over, shame our kids can not go over in the half term now."

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When asked previously about illegal encampments, the council has said: “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."