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Travellers move on to car park again - then move off.

A SECOND group of travellers who occupied a Barry car park - two days after a council served an eviction notice against a group which set up camp there - have moved on.

Officers from Vale of Glamorgan council visited the Nell's Point car park in Barry Island after reports six caravans had turned up yesterday lunchtime.

But the group later left the car park, which will remain closed over the weekend.

On Wednesday, a court in Cardiff gave the council the legal authority to evict the earlier group from the land.

But Vale MP Alun Cairns yesterday said having another group turn up so soon afterwards meant the situation was becoming "farcical".

He said: "I am shocked to see a new group of travellers arrive just two days after the previous group left after a week on Nell's Point.

"This is becoming farcical, and is potentially damaging to the reputation of the island as a tourist destination. "We simply cannot have travellers enjoying some of the best views in Britain to the detriment of local residents and traders."

Earlier this week Conservative Mr Cairns and Vale council's Labour leader Neil Moore engaged in a war of words on whether more could have been done to force the other group to leave sooner, with the MP warning the Vale could be regarded as a "soft touch".

But Coun Moore responded by saying: "Such comments are mischievous and irresponsible and could not be further from the truth."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 17, 2015
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