Concerns over ‘illegal camping’ in Stevenage parks

One reader has spotted "illegal" camping in Stevenage

One reader has spotted "illegal" camping in Stevenage - Credit: Daniel Wilson

CONCERNS have been raised about “illegal camping” at two parks.

Mark Williams contacted the Comet on Monday after spotting tents at Fairlands Valley Park and King George V Playing Fields in Stevenage.

He said: “I’m concerned about the number of illegal campers that seems to be popping up around Stevenage.

“Recently there was a tent set up in amongst trees in Fairlands lakes, despite the council being informed it was there for approximately three weeks. “This last week, whilst out walking the dog, I noticed a blue tent in the corner of King George V Playing Fields and this was later joined by a large green tent. When I walked along with the dog on Monday morning I noticed a seperate blue tent either being put up or taken down.

“These aren’t just kids having a camping experience, they are grown men, with a couple of untethered dogs running around.

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“All their rubbish is just strewn everywhere and apart from anything else where are these people going to the toilet? Stevenage Borough Council has, again, been informed. I wonder how long it will take to sort this out.”

The Comet understands that a couple were camping at King George V Playing Fields this week and moved on today (Wednesday), following eviction.

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A spokesman for the borough council said: “This morning we visited the couple and will be working with them to find a solution.”

The council spokesman said they were unable to comment on claims the couple had been evicted.

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