Cornwall authorities took legal action against Liskeard travelers

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A group of travellers that had made camp at Liskeard was evicted by the Cornwall council. These travellers were believed to come from Bodwin last month. After spending a few weeks in Bodwin, the group decided to move to Liskeard.

The camp was first sighted and was reported to the council last July 30, 2019. The group was also stated to have been evicted from Bodwin before moving behind the Poundland store at a Sungirt car park.

Bodwin Camps

The group was reported in many places in Bodwin. They were first threatened to be evicted if they refused to leave the Bodwin nature reserve on July 29.

Last July 22, the travellers were evicted by Bodwin Town council after residing at the land that they owned.

Some were reported at Lanhydrock, but they left peacefully the next evening after bailiffs were brought by the Lanhydrock Estate.

The travellers were also sighted at the Dragon Leisure’s football pitch in Lostwithiel Road.

New Relocation site

Early this month, the Cornwall Council made a Traveller and Gypsy transit site just within the A38.

The new site is located near Liskeard at South Treviddo. Travellers and Gypsies can use this area for them to live for up to three months every year. This also provides an area to accommodate up to fifteen caravans. This new site will be opened at this month’s end.

The Homes England donated £825,000 to the total project cost of £1.75 million. The remaining balance was funded by the Cornwall Council.

The Cornwall Council has the legal responsibility to provide these kinds of sites to offer more emergency transit sites and stopping places all over Cornwall, said Edwina Hannaford. Mrs Hannaford is also the cabinet portfolio holder for neighbourhood and climate change.

Transit sites and emergency places provide access to basic needs of the unfortunate people of the community. The existence of these areas can make big a difference in the quality of lives of these people.

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