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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 03:01 PM

Travellers in Devon not out of woods yet despite plan for 1m site

The travellers of Haldon Woods camp, a community that has pitched a colourful collection of caravans, old buses, huts and shelters on the Devon site, and, perhaps inevitably, encountered hostility from neighbours not tuned into the alternative lifestyle, are this year facing eviction.

But for some of the residents a brighter future could be just around the corner. More than 1m of public money has been made available to replace the sylvan camp with what is believed to be the first official purpose-built new age travellers' site in the UK.

The plans are for 15 plots for the "new travellers" (the generally accepted term) with communal allotments, a children's play area and environmentally friendly features such as composting bins and greywater collection points.

Jody (a pseudonym), who has lived at the settlement for about five years, is one of the residents keen to move to a new site. "I think many people are feeling pretty worn down at the moment," said the mother-of-two, referring to criticism of the present site. "It's a no- brainer for me. I have children who are settled here and work in the area."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jan/22/haldon-woods-travellers

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dipsydoodle Jan 2013 OP
Nihil Jan 2013 #1
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #2
pennylane100 Feb 2013 #3
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #4
Nihil Feb 2013 #5

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:10 PM

1. It would be hilarious were it not such a travesty ...

> The travellers of ...
> ... who has lived at the settlement for about five years ...
> ... I have children who are settled here ...

Where's all the fucking travelling then?


> More than 1m of public money has been made available ...
> with communal allotments, a children's play area and environmentally friendly
> features such as composting bins and greywater collection points.

What community of honest taxpayers wouldn't want that sort of support?

How many care homes would appreciate that money?

How about schools? Health-care centres that are being closed?


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Response to Nihil (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:20 PM

2. Its a group name.

The terms diddycoys and pikeys fell out favour as names due to some objectional people objecting to being referred to by what they considered to be objectionable names.

The "new age" travellers are a different bunch from the others being happy just to live like fairies in the forest as opposed to converting farmland into car breakers yards.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 06:03 PM

3. Whrn I was growing up, we called all of them Gypsys.

When they came to town the women would go door to door selling wooden pegs (most working class homes did not have clothes dryers) and if you did not want to buy from them, they would let loose with a string of obscenities.

It was this type of sales routine that led to the custom of greeting friends that came to your house by saying "No pegs today thank you" when you opened the door. Nobody seems to get the joke over here.

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Response to pennylane100 (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 07:04 PM

4. That and lavender.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:21 PM

5. And the heather from the neighbour's garden.

(And they wonder why there is a lack of respect for their chosen lifestyle)

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