Aftermath of illegal encampment site in Plympton

An illegal encampment is no longer on a field in Plympton after legal action was sought by the council – but the group has left a trail of rubbish behind.

The group, which at its largest had around 16 caravans, a pony and other vehicles, first pitched up on a field off Glen Road in Chaddlewood at about 3.50pm on April 6, near to the Co-op and Domino’s stores.

A Notice to Quit was issued within the first 24 hours of the group arriving, which meant it had 24 hours to leave before further action was sought.

On April 16, Plymouth City Council announced it had been granted an Order of Possession from the court and was in the process of “trying to establish” a date for the eviction to take place.

However, on April 17, a number of vehicles left site and by the evening, all of the group had moved on from the site and are reported to have moved elsewhere in the city.

Ian Poyser, Green Party Candidate for Plympton Chaddlewood visited the site to assess the damage.

Updating residents on his Facebook page, he said: “I’ve been on site this evening to assess the damage left on Chaddlewood common.

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“We have multiple incidents of garden waste, household boilers, electrical items, household waste, litter and a gas canister.

“The port-a-loos and bins have been tipped over, which will make the clear up more difficult. I’ve shared this information with the council’s waste team to help plan for a speedy clean up.”

He thanked the council teams and police for the work they have done over the last two weeks.

Photographs from the scene show brown bins and portaloos, which were provided by the council, tipped over.

The field is also strewn with rubbish and there is a large burnt out area in the middle of the grass.

On April 14, fire crews from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were called to the site after calls from concerned residents.

Firefighters attended the scene at Glen Road where travellers were carrying out a “controlled” burn.

While at the location, firefighters spoke to the travellers and gave them advice and said the group were “good as gold”.

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: ”They were having a controlled burn.

”They were burning wood and such like, so when they first lit it the the flames shot up.

”We had a few calls from nearby residents. We went down and had a chat with them.

”We gave them some advice and they agreed not to put anymore wood on the fire and we left.

”They were good as gold and we didn’t have anymore problems after that.”

Plymouth City Council has been contacted for comment.

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