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A ‘shanty town’ which was created on the site of Northampton’s former power station by Eastern European warehouse workers, has been demolished by bailiffs.

 

In April last year, the Chron revealed that a small village of tents and shacks had been set up close to Avon’s headquarters, off Bedford Road near the town centre.

It is believed a group of Eastern European people who work in warehouses across Northampton had created the camp.

But it has now been revealed the site was demolished by developers last month, sparking criticism from one town councillor.

During a meeting of Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet, Councillor Danielle Stone (Lab, Phippsville) labelled the clearance “inhumane”.

She said: “I can understand the people who own the site want to clear it for development, but nothing is going to be built there for months, so they didn’t need to do it just before the winter.

“These are people trying their best in very difficult circumstances and they need support.

“Getting rid of their homes is not a humane way of doing things in my opinion.”

The camp was cleared by Persimmon Homes, who own the site with Taylor Wimpey.

Persimmon’s technical director, Paul Stones, said: “We needed to make the site safe and secure to undertake field survey work and ecological surveys, and did not want to put our contractors at any risk during this period.

“We used local bailiffs to undertake the removal of the squatters.

“They carried out a full survey of the number and type of temporary dwellings on site and subsequently produced a risk assessment.

“On Friday, October 11, notices were served on all squatters to vacate our premises by the morning of October 14.

“The bailiff attended the site that morning and collected together all tents, belongings and temporary structures which were placed in a holding area for collection, of which the squatters were informed.

“Fencing was re-erected to secure the site and security guards were put in place at around 2pm that day.”

The site is being cleared so the University of Northampton can move there.

Paul Stones, technical director for Persimmon Homes Midlands, said: “jointly owned by Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon with many other intereste

“We needed to make the site safe and secure to undertake field survey work and ecological surveys, and did not want to put our contractors at any risk during this period.

“We used local bailiffs to undertake the removal of the squatters. They carried out a full survey of the number and type of temporary dwellings on site and subsequently produced a risk assessment.

“On Friday, October 11 notices were served on all squatters to vacate our premises by the morning of October 14. The bailiff attended site on that morning and collected together all tents, belongings and temporary structures which were placed in a holding area for collection, of which the squatters were informed. Fencing was re-erected to secure the site and security guards were put in place at around 2pm that afternoon.”

See on www.northamptonchron.co.uk

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