Travellers given ultimatum to vacate illegal camp immediately

Travellers told to leave
Travellers told to leave

A group of travelling people have been served with an eviction notice after setting up camp illegally on council-owned land in Bearsden.

East Dunbartonshire Council officers visited the travelling people’s site on Peel Glen Road, near the Garscadden cottages, in March to advise them that they shouldn’t be there.

At this time the travellers said they would vacate the site by the end of the month but when this didn’t happen the council took legal action and served them with a Notice to Quit.

The council has also raised action for recovery of possesssion of the land at Dumbarton Sheriff Court.

Diane Campbell, director of governance and regulation said: “Legal action has now begun.

“Should the travellers fail to comply with the notice and vacate the site, the case will call before the sheriff on April 8.”

The eviction notice will be welcome news to some local people who have been calling for them to leave the site because they were making a mess.

One local resident, who asked not to be named, said: “Over 20 caravans were parked there without permission and they have churned up the grass and dumped rubbish everywhere.

“Garscadden Cottages, which are owned by the council, were occupied by tenants until recently but now they are empty.

“Since the travellers arrived there has been litter strewn everywhere and stuff dumped, including fridges, on Peel Glen Road.

“They shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

“I think it’s disgusting that they have been allowed to ruin the place.”

The Garscadden depot was marketed for sale earlier this year and the council is currently considering offers.