AN ILLEGAL campsite in a Herefordshire town has now been moved on after people living in the area raised concerns over children's safety and building waste.

Kevin Murphy, of Ross-on-Wye, said the encampment is on a large housing estate in the town.

He claims the area is strewn with litter and has been used as an open toilet posing health risks to people who use the open space.

"Children use this area to play," he said.


He said Herefordshire Council had failed to act, and in the meantime, people living nearby are becoming increasingly concerned about the waste building up and the health risks the site poses.

But the council decided to clear the area after deliberation.

A Herefordshire Council spokesperson said: "After extensive involvement by council officers, social services, and other agencies the individuals have decided to vacate the land and are receiving the appropriate support.


"The area has been cleared, ensuring that there is no risk to the public.

"The council officers also worked hard to locate the parent of one of the homeless people to ensure that their best interests were looked after, whilst also ensuring that all their possessions were carefully collected so they were not lost whilst the area was litter picked and cleaned."