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Proper halting sites ‘needed now’ says councillor

The encampmetn set up at the weekend to the side and rear of Homebase in Portlethen.

The encampmetn set up at the weekend to the side and rear of Homebase in Portlethen.

A local councillor has called for “proper, well-run halting sites” for travellers, after an encampment was set up at Homebase in Portlethen.

Around 15 to 20 caravans and other vehicles appeared at the store over the weekend and set up camp at the side and rear of the building.

They departed from the site on Tuesday evening, although it seems they left a few things behind.

North Kincardine Councillor Ian Mollison explained: “Locals tell me the travellers left Homebase, leaving behind two caravans and a chicken!

“The chicken has since been captured by a resident who keep hens, and it is now safe and well!”

“I saw the encampment being set up and, since then, many residents have been in touch to voice their concerns.

‘‘The simple fact is that the travellers are seeking work and, if successful, they will stay in the area.”

Cllr Mollison added that finding a suitable halting site had so far been an “insurmountable challenge” for Aberdeenshire Council.

A council spokesman said: “We were aware of an encampment of between 15 and 20 vehicles on private land at Portlethen.

“We made contact with the landowner and monitored the situation prior to their departure on Tuesday.”

 

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