Residents in St Cyrus are “against” a traveller’s site

Travellers' site built in St Cyrus near to the nature reserve
Travellers' site built in St Cyrus near to the nature reserve

People in St Cyrus are “against” a travellers’ caravan site that has begun to be built near to the nature reserve and the beach.

It was erected on Sunday, September 22, before a planning application was submitted to Aberdeenshire Council, however not all the works need planning permission.

Police attended the encampment at around 3.15 p.m. on the Sunday after they received calls of complaints from residents.

A Montrose resident who walks her dog on the beach said: “It’s beautiful down there and a caravan park doesn’t fit near a nature reserve.

“My friend lives by the site and feels intimidated. All the residents in St Cyrus are against it. I’ve only walked my dog on the beach once since they started building the site.”

Ian Robertson, head of protective services and waste management for Aberdeenshire Council, said: “We were made aware of development and the arrival of several caravans in St Cyrus on private land. Representatives of the planning service and environmental health visited the site to record what works had taken place, following reports of building activities.

“Advice was provided to formally cease works and a Temporary Stop Notice has since been served, preventing any further works that require planning permission.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and consider appropriate action in respect of the unauthorised works and any further siting of caravans.”

A planning application has now been submitted.