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Relief as travellers move on from supermarket site

Caravans’ arrival sparked fears of delay for store plans

An Aldi supermarket is planned for a site in King’s Road, Herne Bay, where travellers briefly parked their caravans
An Aldi supermarket is planned for a site in King’s Road, Herne Bay, where travellers briefly parked their caravans

Irish travellers have left after briefly setting up camp in a town centre car park – after fears they would hold up plans for a new supermarket on the plot. A convoy of eight caravans pulled into the council-owned site in King’s Road on Sunday night and told the Gazette:

“This is our home now.”

Travellers’ caravans on the King’s Road car park
Travellers’ caravans on the King’s Road car park

The vehicles parked around the perimeter of the plot, just days after images emerged of a planned Aldi supermarket on the site. But after visits from council officers and police they are believed to have moved on at 7am yesterday (Wednesday). Town centre councillor Andrew Cook saw the caravans arrive on Sunday. He said:

“It was reported to the council immediately. They arrived at around 7pm. I saw one go in and then a convoy of six caravans drove down Station Road and arrived there together. I contacted the council straight away. I was told that they only intended to stay for a few days.”

After they moved on, Canterbury City Council spokesman Robert Davies said:

“It’s my understanding that they left at 7am on Wednesday morning. Council officers had gone there to speak to them and find out their intentions. They were told that the travellers would not be staying more than a day or two, and that’s how it’s panned out. We don’t know where they have gone, but there is no suggestion that they have moved to anywhere else in the district.”

Herne Bay Gazette, June 5th 2014

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