Steve McCabe MP is calling for Birmingham City Council to act now to prevent travellers moving on to Hazelwell Park and Recreation Ground.
Since July 2015 travellers have moved on to the Stirchley site, next to Hunts Road, on four separate occasions. Each time the area is blighted by dumped rubbish, green waste and anti-social behaviour. Local residents have told Steve that they are scared to walk their dogs in the park as they feel intimidated. The Council then ends up forking out to clear up all the rubbish left behind.
Steve has written to the Chief Executive and the Leader of Birmingham City Council to ask how much money the Council keeps wasting on evicting the travellers and clearing up their mess and is demanding that prevention measures be put in place.
Steve McCabe MP said:
“I am fed up of being contacted by my constituents who tell me that travellers have moved onto Hazelwell Park again and are leaving the place a complete mess. Each time the travellers are evicted but at the Council’s expense. How is this fair to the local community and Council tax payers?
“The Council are always telling us they are looking for ways to save money. So I have written to the Chief Executive again and told him one way they can save some is to put bollards up and stop the travellers from moving on to the park. “