Tuesday, 18 September 2018

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A NETTLEBED landowner has taken legal action to ensure that his property remains clear of travellers trying to use it

A NETTLEBED landowner has taken legal action to ensure that his property remains clear of travellers trying to use it as a temporary home. Nicholas Fleming, who owns the Nettlebed Estate, successfully applied for an injunction at Reading County Court to prevent anyone setting up camp on his land. Three weeks ago a group of travellers with vehicles moved on to part of the estate at Highmoor, to be followed two weeks later by another group who set up camp on Nettlebed Lower Common.

Oxfordshire County Council has come under fire from the Mayor of Henley following severe storms in the area on Wednesday night. Tony Lane accused the authority of failing in its statutory duty to keep drains clear. He said many drains in the town were filled to the top with mud and silt so that homes in low-lying areas were in danger of flooding. Mr Lane said a “lake” had formed at the bottom of Wilson Avenue.

Human excrement that was tipped all over Maidensgrove Common has infuriated villagers who say it is a health hazard and is preventing them from walking their animals. People were horrified to see condoms, suppositories and bits of plastic surfacing through the thick layer of sludge. Following Wednesday’s heavy rain, thousands of dead worms have added to the surface rubbish.

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