Travellers pitch up at Drumoak park

The caravans arrived at Drumoak last week.
The caravans arrived at Drumoak last week.

Travellers have set up camp at a picturesque Deeside playing field.

The group moved onto the Glebe at Drumoak last week.

The park is owned by the Church of Scotland and maintained by Aberdeenshire Council.

There are three caravans and other vehicles parked around the edge of the site which is next to the River Dee.

The local authority is monitoring the camp.

A council spokesman said: “Council officers have been to speak to the people who are currently at the Glebe in Drumoak. There are three caravans there.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation and an officer will be visiting them again this week.”

No complaints have been made to the Church of Scotland about the encampment.

The playfield is set in a secluded area on the outskirts of the village and has a football pitch.

One local resident, who did not want to be named, said: “The caravans arrived last week. The gate to the park has been broken open.

“Local folk are concerned that more caravans will arrive.”

Meanwhile, Aberdeenshire Council continues to assess potential sites for travelling families.

There is a permanent site at Greenbanks in Banff which has 20 pitches, and there are four transit pitches at Clinterty, on the outskirts of Aberdeen. It has been running at full capacity for five years.

So far, no stopover sites have been developed in Aberdeenshire.