Travellers have set up camp on a school playing field prompting concerns they will disrupt pupils’ education when the new term starts.
Several caravans have moved on to the field behind Pen-y-Bryn Primary School in Llanrumney, Cardiff, which also backs on to around a dozen homes on Instow Place, off Newport Road.
Local councillor Keith Jones told the Echo the school boundary fence does not currently extend all the way around the field – allowing easy access.
But he said there were imminent plans to erect the fence around the edge of the council owned land in time for the start of the new academic year which begins on September 2.
He added as long as the travellers are on the field the work would be delayed which could potentially lead to disruption at the school.
Coun Jones, himself a former teacher and who was educated at Pen-y-Bryn, said: “The fence was moved back in the ’90s to where it is now but the council still held the land for educational purposes. The plan is to move it back to where it originally was in the ’50s.
“They’ve said they’re only going to stay for a couple of days but the longer they are there the longer it will take to carry out the work.”
The Labour councillor said residents were alarmed to wake up to “a lot of caravans” and were concerned about the impact the travellers would have on the community.
“A lot of residents back on to the field and the idea of having people who are not part of the community there is unnerving and could potentially be a nuisance. They’re concerned about what will happen with their waste and what rubbish will be left behind.”
He added: “It’s school land, it’s not wasteland.”
A spokeswoman for Cardiff council said: “We are currently investigating reports of a camp in Llanrumney and assessing the situation.”