Residents maintain watch over disputed site

Residents maintain watch over disputed site
Residents at a Convoy housing estate are keeping a 24-hour vigil following a tense stand-off with Travellers that involved gardaí.

Residents at a Convoy housing estate are keeping a 24-hour vigil following a tense stand-off with Travellers that involved gardaí.

The residents at Greenfields in Convoy have been involved in stand-offs since last Friday as they tried to prevent members of the Travelling community access the site.

Gardaí were at the site on Wednesday and Thursday. They were called following attempts to move caravans on to the site.

It is understood members of the Travelling community claim to own the site but residents have disputed this. Residents also claim they have been the subject of threats and intimidation. Residents became concerned after work was carried out at the site last week.

Donegal County Council issued letters over unauthorisied development on the site and has also placed bollards at the site.

Residents placed their own bollards at the site yesterday to prevent access to it. Letters were issued yesterday to the landowner of the site and a man with a Letterkenny address informing them that the work carried out on the site is unauthorised and instructing them to cease all works.

Cllr. Patrick McGowan, who has been liaising with the county council on behalf of residents, said a caravan had been moved on to the site last week but was then removed. Speaking yesterday, he said residents had been forced to maintain a vigil up all night to prevent further works at the site. Residents would not be intimidated. “People are not concerned about who owns it or doesn’t own it but they are concerned about what is going to be built on it .“They are not going to be coerced or bullied and I am making sure the gardaí and the county council are on top of this,” he said.