Avon population

I’m a traveler – people hate us but we just live free while they sit watching tv

A TRAVELER has accused Britons who criticize his ‘free’ lifestyle of doing nothing but lazing in front of the TV.

The man, who goes only by the name “Hunty”, is one of a group of new age travelers who incite the fury of locals each summer when their trailers arrive in town and park on public land.

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Glastonbury residents want council to take equal action on travelers as they do in the townCredit: Marc Giddings
Dozens of campers descended on Glastonbury

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Dozens of campers descended on GlastonburyCredit: Marc Giddings

Residents of Glastonbury, Somerset, are complaining about the alleged mess visitors have left behind over a 20-year period.

And they accuse local authorities of failing to challenge behavior against the rules such as illegal parking and barbecues in which travelers participate.

Les Webb, 75, a resident of Glastonbury, says the situation in the city’s Beckery area is out of control and claims ‘the rules aren’t enforced equally’ on travelers by cops and council .

The retired carpenter hammered home: “If my car was left on the road untaxed and uninsured, I would soon know.

“These people are flouting the law and they don’t have to suffer the consequences.

“I pay my council tax, part of which goes to keeping our town tidy and they come and park on the side of the road and we end up with the cleaning bill after them.”

The. a grandfather of four, says lawmakers are “too scared” to move travelers and has even written to Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Shelford to complain.

In his letter, he says: “We have several hundred travelers that the police are ignoring, why?”

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He went on to worry about what he saw as an “automotive hazard” from parked caravans and “a risk of explosion with gas cylinders wedged outside their vans”.

When The Sun visited Glastonbury – a population of around 9,000 – tables and chairs lined the lanes and travelers cooked on barbecues in the city’s Beckery area.

Fans dragging electrical cables to some of the motorhomes were also seen in the area known as the city’s creative hub.

The scenes have led other residents like Les to call on police and local authorities to act on travelers.

‘UNHYGIENIC’

And they argue the problem has gotten worse as the number of travelers descending into the city has increased over the past 20 years.

Another resident, Michael Routledge, 54, of Glastonbury added: “These roads don’t have the facilities that a normal traveler site would have such as toilets and showers.

“It’s totally unsanitary not only for them but also for those who live nearby.”

While mother-of-two Joan Campbell, 34, also from Glastonbury, blasted the group for allegedly using a hedge at the back of her house as a toilet.

She said: ‘I used to live near Beckery Road and it was always the same.

“There was an old travelers site at the back of the houses, but the travelers didn’t want to abide by their rules so they just parked on the street.

“You have people going to the toilet in the hedgerow and when it’s hot it smells bad. It’s time something was done to get them going.

But middle-aged Hunty believes the locals are the ones who need a reality check, telling The Sun: ‘Other people like to sit in front of the TV all day, but we just follow our fashion. of life.”

He added: “We don’t hurt anyone and always clean up after we leave.

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The Sun Online has contacted Somerset County Council for comment.

The Beckery area in Glastonbury, where the Travelers settled, has been described as unhygienic by some locals

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The Beckery area in Glastonbury, where the Travelers settled, has been described as unhygienic by some localsCredit: Marc Giddings
A traveler told The Sun he couldn't understand why people

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A traveler told The Sun he couldn’t understand why people ‘can’t leave us alone’ in the West Country townCredit: Marc Giddings
Travelers have set up camp around the West Country town

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Travelers have set up camp around the West Country townCredit: Marc Giddings
Glastonbury residents are angry at the site, a stone's throw from the site of the world famous festival

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Glastonbury residents are angry at the site, a stone’s throw from the site of the world famous festivalCredit: Marc Giddings
Dozens of trailers are visible on the public domain

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Dozens of trailers are visible on the public domainCredit: Marc Giddings