Residents, who voiced concerns at the ease of how Hamworthy Park was accessed, said they were worried the travellers would simply move to another site locally once the legal process to remove them came to a conclusion.
Motorist Stephen Watson, who was parking in the Swimming Pool car park yesterday to use the nearby leisure centre, said: “They’re hidden away at the back of the car park, and I’m happy to park here for the day.
“I suppose if more people try to park and cannot because of them, that will pose a problem.
“But, otherwise, they don’t seem to be causing any problems.
“To be honest, I barely noticed they were there.”
A resident of Kingland Road, who asked not to be named, said she’d not heard of any problems from a friend who lives near Hamworthy Park.
Council officers confirmed the travellers left the park clean, bagging up all their domestic refuse and leaving no commercial waste.
“I know that travellers and gypsies gets certain people’s blood boiling, but we live in a country of different cultures – which the travelling community is part of.
“Unless there are any problems, live and let live, that is what I say.”
Borough of Poole regulatory services manager Peter Haikin explained the council was legally obliged to balance interests of both the travellers and the local community when dealing with unauthorised encampments.
Expanding on this point, Mr Haikin added: “For example, if an encampment is in a designated borough park or a field in trust, we will seek a court order as a matter of urgency.
“In this instance we have already started gathering evidence required to obtain a court order, and if necessary seek a court hearing date following the bank holiday.
“The car park is still being used by visitors and will remain open.”
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