Travellers have now left school site in St Neots

A notice has been served by HDC to travellers who are parked up on Ernulf Academy school site.

A notice has been served by HDC to travellers who are parked up on Ernulf Academy school site. - Credit: Archant

A group of travellers parked up on the entrance to a St Neots secondary school finally packed up and left on Tuesday.

Several families, dogs and vehicles move into an area at the front of Ernulf Academy on June 21. 

Despite agreeing to move on Friday, without the need for legal action, the travellers were still there on Monday, June 28 and the school told parents it was pursuing the matter.

In a statement on its website on Monday, June 28, the school stated:  "We understand your concerns regarding the travellers that remain on Ernulf Academy grounds, please be assured that we are doing everything we can to amicably move them on.

"Astrea Academy Trust solicitors are actively pursuing the legal notice to have the travellers removed and we are following advice from the local council and police.

"The police were on site on Friday afternoon and they will continue to be present mornings and afternoons while students are entering and leaving the site.

"We will continue to monitor the perimeter at regular intervals throughout the day and as always, safeguarding our students is our main priority. Please continue to follow the amended arrival and departure points."

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"Staff will continue to have a high presence outside school at drop-off and pick-up times. I would like to thank you for your patience, understanding and tolerance while we work on a solution."

Huntingdonshire District Council said on Friday: "We had a report of travellers on our One Leisure St Neots site next to Ernulf Academy, however, they are not at One Leisure St Neots they are on a bit of ground owned by the Ernulf Academy, which is tolerating their presence."

School principal Avin Bissoo said the school worked with HDC and the police to encourage the group to move on in an amicable manner.  

A local PSCO and travellers liaison officer continued to speak to the group in the hope the matter could be resolved.  

Mr Bissoo said last week: "“We have expressed our considerable concerns about their vehicles close proximity to the schools fence/ he safeguarding issues that this presence raises for our students and any possible subsequent disruption to their education.  

“PSCO Grant will endeavour to be around the school site at the end of the day to show a police presence.  

“We would encourage all of our school community to demonstrate tolerance and respect in regards to these individuals and continue to maintain a positive dialogue until this issue has been resolved.”