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Taunton Deane Borough Council has said that travellers who had moved onto Hamilton Park in Taunton have now left.
The families were given a deadline of midday on Monday to leave the site.
The Council said the group left rubbish and what is believed to be human excrement strewn across the grass and in hedges.
– Cllr Mark Edwards, Deputy Leader, Taunton Deane Borough Council
I am delighted that the travellers have moved on.
It was extremely disappointing that they chose to enter the park in the first place but the state they left it in was completely unnecessary and the lack of respect for environment was beyond comprehension. I want to thank the police for their support and the efforts of the Deane Direct Labour Organisation who were on hand immediately to try and clear what they could."
Irish travellers who have settled on a park in Taunton have until midday to leave the site before the council says it will take legal action.
The travellers have offered to pay for toilet facilities and skips, and say they need a place to go.
A council says it'll take legal action to evict Irish travellers if they're still in a public park in Taunton on Monday.
The travellers say they will meet the deadline, but need somewhere to go, as Jane Solomons reports:
Cllr John Williams, Leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council, says the council has served an order on each of the caravans:
Sally Woodbury from the Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups says the situation at Hamilton Gault Park could be avoided if Taunton Deane Borough Council provided a temporary site for travellers:
Fiona Phur from the Friends of Hamilton Gault Park says despite last weekend's hot weather, people didn't want to visit the park:
– Cllr John Williams, Leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council
There are legal procedures to follow. The Council hopes the group will obey the direction to leave by Monday. We can understand the feelings and frustrations of local residents and are doing all we can to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.
Statement from Taunton Deane Borough Council: 'Travellers who moved onto a Taunton Park are being served with documents ordering them to leave by noon on Monday (May 13).'
'The direction documents were served by officers from Taunton Deane Borough Council which is following legal processes to get the trespassers to leave Hamilton Park.'
'If they fail to obey the direction then criminal proceedings will be started in the magistrates’ court with the Council applying for a Removal Order so the group can be evicted.'