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Family on Screveton Traveller site linked to criminality to urge for the right to stay at planning appeal



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A Travelling family say they want to live out their lives and bring up their children peacefully on a site where they are in breach of planning.

The site at Screveton has been dogged by accusations it is connected to crime and anti-social behaviour.

Spring View, off Flintham Lane, will be subject to a planning appeal by Rushcliffe Borough Council, seeking to enforce the conditions of planning consent.

WILLIAM STUBLEY, 42, is fighting to have Plot 2 on Spring View transferred to his name at the planning appeal.
WILLIAM STUBLEY, 42, is fighting to have Plot 2 on Spring View transferred to his name at the planning appeal.

The site was settled illegally and refused planning permission, but was legalised by a planning inspector on appeal with conditions that included only the six named applicants could live there.

Rushcliffe, and villagers, say conditions have been breached because as many as five of the original applicants have left and that there has been sub-division of plots, meaning Spring View expanded.

A new planning application asking for the conditions to be varied was turned down by the council, which then commenced enforcement action.

ONE of the plots at Spring View, Screveton.
ONE of the plots at Spring View, Screveton.

William Stubley and his family own and live on Plot 2, but aren’t among the original six. He refutes suggestions criminality has a connection to Spring View.

Mr Stubley said: “I’m trying to change Plot 2 into my name. We love it here. It skinted me to move here. We keep our land clean and tidy, we have flushable toilets and a shower.

“I’ve been here for getting on two years, but apart from me, everyone else is original so for the council or anyone to say different is a lie.

“We don’t want to live like Travellers any more. We don’t want to go back on the roads.

SOME of the Travellers engage in tree work.
SOME of the Travellers engage in tree work.

“I’ve lived in a caravan all my life, and we can’t change our culture.

“The days of Travellers on the village green are gone. It’s 2022 and Travellers want to be settled on land of their own they don’t fear being kicked off of. It’s really important to us.

“We want to bring our kids up not like how we were, fetched up. Our kids have a right to an education.”

PLOT 2 has been home to William Stubley and his family for nearly two years.
PLOT 2 has been home to William Stubley and his family for nearly two years.

Thirty-six allegations, including loud music, fly-tipping, trespass, hare coursing, burglary, criminal damage, arson, vandalising of hedgerow, and quad and trail bikes ridden anti-socially, were collated in the last year. Thirty-two of them reported to police have been submitted in evidence to the planning appeal.

Mr Stubley described them as a nonsense. He admitted a stolen £40,000 caravan had been removed by police but said it was dumped on the lane by unknown persons and moved on to be disposed of lawfully as scrap or re-sale.

THE plots either have flushing toilets or portaloos, some have showers, which the Travellers claim makes a mockery of claims that human faeces and toilet paper has been discovered around the site.
THE plots either have flushing toilets or portaloos, some have showers, which the Travellers claim makes a mockery of claims that human faeces and toilet paper has been discovered around the site.

“I have a caravan, I don’t need another,” he said. “We get stick too. People throw bricks and shout nasty names about being a Gypsy when they drive past.

“People fly-tip on the lane, which is nothing to do with us, and we’ve no idea why the police come down here so much.

“I’m 42 now and too old to go chasing hare coursing. We have dogs, but not for that. Show me the loud music and I’ll have it turned down.

“We don’t want to fall out with anyone.”

THE Travellers want to have the main road through the site tarmacked, but are unwilling to spend more money until their fate is resolved.
THE Travellers want to have the main road through the site tarmacked, but are unwilling to spend more money until their fate is resolved.

While there are horses on site, he also denied any were tethered at a memorial to 11 airmen from two planes that collided mid-air during the war.

Screveton Parish Meeting said in a circular outlining its appeal submissions: “Further development of the site and increased occupancy would invariably have an effect, potentially adverse, on current highway issues, anti-social and criminal behaviour, and other local services.”

A spokesman for Rushcliffe Borough Council said: “The council takes planning enforcement seriously and having investigated breaches of planning control, has served enforcement notices on the site. This action is the subject of an appeal and the council is therefore not in a position to comment as to do so may prejudice the outcome of that appeal.”

Mr Stubley said: “We’re kind of scared with all of the hassle going on. It’s all bulls**t what they say. Lots of lies.”

He said the Travellers have plans for the site that include laying a tarred road, but daren’t spend any more money with the appeal looming.



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