Residents 'fed up' as travellers return to Hawthorn Avenue area of west Hull
RESIDENTS are complaining after a group of travellers moved near their homes, letting a horse loose in the street.
About ten caravans have parked in the road in Cecil Street, off Hawthorn Avenue in west Hull.
The area is currently undergoing a massive regeneration programme and the houses in Cecil Street have been boarded up, ready for demolition.
But private residents still live in houses near the road and say they have been chased by a loose horse belonging to the group.
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They also say generators used to power the caravans are keeping children awake at night.
One 37-year-old woman, who lives in nearby Cherry Garth, did not want to be named for fear of repercussions.
She said: "My son is in the back bedroom, so his window faces out onto the street.
"He can hear the generators humming and it is keeping him awake.
"I'm worried about him, because he has school work."
She also told the Mail the horse has been causing a problem for passers-by.
She said: "The travellers are keeping a horse at the back of our houses and the other day it chased me as I was walking by.
"It is scary leaving the house.
"All the residents are fed up and we just want them moved."
The people living in the caravans have several dogs, some of which are sleeping in portable kennels left out in the road.
It is not clear how the travellers gained access to the area, as Hull City Council put up a fence to stop cars driving down Cecil Street.
They put up the 8ft fence, which has a gate with a padlock, as the road has no street lights and the authority didn't think it was suitable for cars to drive down.
But the padlock has been broken off and the gate is now standing open.
One passer-by, who walks down Hawthorn Avenue to get to work, said: "They moved in a day after the council put the fence up.
"The fence was up on Monday and, by the Tuesday night, there had moved in.
"I don't understand why they'd want to park up in the middle of a derelict road when there are sites built specifically for them to live on.
"It cannot be healthy to live in those conditions – surrounded by building works, boarded-up houses and rubble."
A spokesman for Hull City Council said the travellers will be moved this weekend.
They said: "We have been made aware of the travellers and we are taking action to have them moved.
"It is expected they will be moved on over the weekend.
"After they have left, we will be securing the land."
The Mail approached people living in the caravans, but they declined to comment.