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Travellers face boot; Anger at caravan site outside pounds 163,000 flats.

Byline: Mark Hookham

A GROUP of travellers who have set up home next to apartments in Liverpool will be evicted within days, itemerged last night. People living in pounds 163,000 flatson Riverside Drive, Otterspool, have called on Liverpool City Council to move the group on. Seven caravans with around 30 peo-ple arrived on December 4 and camped on a grass verge opposite the apartments.

They have so far ignored the demands of local residents, developers and council officers to move on.

Nicky Thompson, 24, has beenliving at the David McLean development for nine months.

She said: ``It was annoying that people could just park up overnight and stay there. ``These are expensive flats and I know a lot of people are angry.

``The numbers of caravans change quite regularly and residents are trying to form a group to get them moved.''

Another resident, who asked not to be named, said: ``When we walk past them they shout and ask who we are.It's an eyesore really and their dogs are always barking and chasing people.'' The City Quay development includes three blocks of two and three bedroomed fl ats costing betw een pounds 99,995 and pounds 162,995.

A second camp of travellers has been occupying a site near Jericho Lane in Otterspool since Christmas Eve.

Camps of betw een six and 40 cara-vans have used the site since the sum-mer and Mark Hughes, manager ofthe nearby Otters Pool public house, belie ves they have damaged his business . He said: ``Families want to come to the pub and have a quiet meal but they are being put of f.

``Directly opposite our front doors is an ab andoned caravan full of rubbish. We rely on elderly customers and they are often frightened to walk past the camp. ``During the summer I counted 40 caravans on the grass.'' A spokesman for Liverpool City Council said possession orders had been granted by the courts on both sites and that bailif fs would evict the travellers within days.

He said: ``Wa rrants of possession have been issued by the courts for both sites and the matter is in the hands of the bailif fs.''

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