A group of travellers have set up camp on a popular Bristol beauty spot and are refusing to leave.
Ten vehicles, including caravans, were first spotted on Clifton Downs yesterday (June 24).
The vehicles are stationed near Ladies Mile – land which belongs to Bristol City Council.
A Bristol City Council spokeswoman said: “We are aware of ten vehicles that have moved onto the Clifton Downs.
“Welfare assessments of all the occupants have been undertaken.
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“The occupants have confirmed they are not prepared to move onto the Transit site, therefore trespass notices have been issued and an application for possession will be started.”
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said the force had been made aware of the camp by a member of the public at about 9.15am yesterday.
“The neighbourhood team has linked in with the local authority and is monitoring but so far we’ve not had any calls about criminal activity,” the spokesman added. “It is a local authority led response, because it is their land.”
William visited the beauty spot on Wednesday when he noticed the travellers.
He said he has been going up to the Downs quite regularly during lockdown to have a picnic and sunbathe.
When he was there on Wednesday, he spotted ten large caravans pitched up on the Downs on the Ladies Mile end towards Clifton Village.
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He said: “There is quite a fair bit of rubbish around.
“They are just driving around the grass, they do not seem to be regarding the roads at all.”
Bristol City Council has two travellers’ sites, one permanent caravan site in Ashton Vale with 12 pitches and one transit site in Lawrence Weston with 20 pitches.