AIBU to go and ask travellers to behave?

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3MenAndMe Sat 31-Aug-13 07:53:20

This may be longish..........
So they've descended onto our playfield,neighbouring with my house yesterday,I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw loads of caravans 7.30 in the morning and I didn't hear a thing(the main gate is next to my house,window open and was waking few times to my 10 week old)..

The police and thr council was there at 10am and said that they are at the process of removing them,however they are still here.Personally, I have nothing against them,their lives must be really hard....
BUT......
- I can't take my LO for a walk in the pram(it feels really intimidating
-I can't walk my dogs without a lead anymore(they have couple of small dogs who chased mine yesterday,I have the feeling they are not vaccinated etc.)
-My older boys usedto play there with their mates,riding bikes and I just feel it is not safe anymore

BUT THE WORST is the noise (music in the car till 5am),constant souting,lack of respect towards residents,shitting everywhere and coming to my house at 9 pm asking for flipping lighter (or just checking who is in the house).

Sorry for the rant,I'm a bit sleep deprived and it makes my PND worse...

Amy106 Sat 31-Aug-13 07:57:31

It sounds awful and I can understand why you are upset. I won't go over there though. Let the police and the council sort them out.

PrincessKildare Sat 31-Aug-13 08:00:23

I know from experience how unpleasant and disruptive this can be. However you should def not approach them on your own. Please just report unacceptable noise to the police and pray the move on soon. X

sooperdooper Sat 31-Aug-13 08:01:55

I agree with the others, report issues to the police but don't go over yourself

CheungFun Sat 31-Aug-13 08:05:11

Personally I think I'd phone the police and ask them to have a word rather than go myself as I'm a bit wary of travellers (personal experience when pregnant). I've knocked on the doors of noisy neighbours and asked them to keep noise down over the years though and been polite about it and they've all learnt to be a bit quieter!

AndThatsWhatIThinkOfYou Sat 31-Aug-13 08:10:15

I feel for you, be prepared for the shit tip left behind. Also what you might think is dog shit, is probably human shit! Don't go around on your own please I hope they move on soon

catinabox Sat 31-Aug-13 08:18:56

Human Shit? Outside? Really?!

YANBU to ask people to be quiet etc but i thing it might be futile. I would imagine if the travellers are in a residential area they will be moved on fairly soon, there will be lots of people complaining if there has been lots of noise and disturbance..

I think travellers generally have a tough time but if people are behaving anti socially and disturbing residents, its not really fair.

3MenAndMe Sat 31-Aug-13 08:24:46

I did call the police at 4am,woman said they will be there within an hour,but then had a call from local cops and was told they are dealing with them...yeah,right just like in the morning and nothing happend...
you are right,*And*,it is the human shit,with loads of flies,just in my dogs favourite spot.
I know it will take time to move them,at least 7 days,I can't imagine the mess,it looks gross already,after just one day....

3MenAndMe Sat 31-Aug-13 08:32:31

catinabox yes,human excrements,in London park,not just tiny poop but regular toilet al fresco,sorri for tmi

hermioneweasley Sat 31-Aug-13 08:32:38

Sounds awful. So sorry for you. I can't believe the police can't move them on quicker.

ShiftyFades Sat 31-Aug-13 08:34:53

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catinabox Sat 31-Aug-13 08:37:04

3menandme i did ask! A call to environmental health could be a plan? Yuk.

That's not nice. I know people have to poo somewhere but there must be a way to clean up after yourself rather than leaving it..yuk.

I remember coming across the biggest human turd ever in a hedge at Glastonbury festival once. Still traumatised!

Poor you. I guess your dog walking route is going to have to change for a week. Hope it's sorted soon. Keep phoning.

Genuine question - do travellers not have toilets? These threads always talk about the shit everywhere, and I remember one episode of My Big Fat.. where they said they didn't have a toilet in their caravan, as it was "dirty". But I presumed they'd have a portaloo or something as part of their entourage.

3MenAndMe Sat 31-Aug-13 08:45:41

Shifty my DH is very helpful but out today,no others unforunately + I have 2 pre-teens who want to play outside and are in and out all day,playing with neighbours kids,
.... no perspective of a decent nap till late afternoon,buuuusad

"Genuine question - do travellers not have toilets?"

Most Travellers, if not all, take the toilet out of their van, as they think it is unhygenic to have a toilet next to where they cook.

Normally they tow portable toilets, with them. If not then the LA should supply one, as it is a Environmental/H&S issue and they wouldn't have the resources to arrest everyone of them and take the children into care.

So it is cheaper to give them amenities.

3MenAndMe Sat 31-Aug-13 08:46:12

Sorry for typos but NAK

Thank you, Birds. I do actually feel sorry for travellers. The minority give the majority a bad name, and it must be awful to be hated everywhere they go.

Crowler Sat 31-Aug-13 08:51:44

Ugh. I feel for you.

Also, in Scotland, each local authority has to provide a site for travellers, with water and power. Is this not the same in England?

3MenAndMe Sat 31-Aug-13 08:53:43

I think this is why they usually park near the bushes so they can relieve themselves...
There is no port-a-loo in sight,who will want to tow shitbox with them,it's easier to leave the mess behind.....>sad

Eve Sat 31-Aug-13 08:58:21

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AndThatsWhatIThinkOfYou Sat 31-Aug-13 09:01:49

just waiting for all the do gooders to start flaming you! when I posted about my experience with travellers the amount of people who basically said we should let them get on with it because it's their culture was shocking

"who will want to tow shitbox with them,it's easier to leave the mess behind"

Many of them do, it's no different to the many who take a port-a-loo camping.

Your use of language shows your contempt, tbh.

There can be problems with some groups, it isn't fair to brand everyone who resides in a mobile caravan, as they come from different cultures and backgrounds.

I have more a problem that every piece of land, lake etc is now owed by someone, the whole set up of modern society in essence, is both an excellent example of indirect and direct discrimination.

JobsComfortBlanket Sat 31-Aug-13 09:07:42

Our local travellers (the ones who arrive regular as clockwork every Spring bank holiday and should be moving on any day now, god willing) shit on the ground until the local council rock up with two portaloos, some litter bins and this year - a first! - a portable 'shower block' with a bowser and an awning.

They'll be moving on back to their houses for the winter soon.

LittleEsme Sat 31-Aug-13 09:11:44

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