A popular Poole boat show which brings in £10,000s in sales and attracts 1,500 people each year has been cancelled…Oh dear! Well, the weather so far has been awful and…
… because of a traveller invasion.They’ve gone now, though too late in the day to save the show:
Chris Chaddock, organiser of the boat jumble, told the Daily Echo: “These lawless people have come into the area. Law-abiding people like us, the landowners and the exhibitors have been penalised financially because of it. It is outrageous.
“This show has taken place in the arena for 10 years and is much loved by people across the south west. They are going to be gutted it is cancelled. I've had people almost crying on the phone because their day out has been spoiled.”And it doesn’t end there. Does it ever?
Three caravans and other rubbish has been abandoned at the site, leaving landowners facing hefty clear-up costs.
Canford Park manager Sam McKirdy explained: “We started legal proceedings shortly after the travellers arrived and informed the boat show promoters that this usually takes a week plus.
“Soon afterwards they took the decision to cancel, and now it's too late for them to reverse this. It is a shame.
“As private landlords we meet all clean-up costs and the travellers have dumped three caravans and the usual trash. It's a mess, but we'll have it cleaned soon.
“Travellers are always a big concern for us because it is so costly to get them moved on.”And even if it wasn’t, you’d still be left with the clear-up costs. Because while some councils are (admirably, in my book) happy to fine Mr & Mrs Average up to £500 for spitting, no-one wants to tackle Mr or Mrs Traveller for much greater offences.