Travellers could force a Croydon car garage owner to move his business

Jim Quirke has had enough of the disruption caused by travellers

More than 15 caravans were camped on Imperial Way, Croydon

First published in News Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A luxury car garage owner has warned antisocial behaviour from travellers parked outside his business could force him to move elsewhere.

More than 15 caravans camped outside the Swift Centre in Imperial Way, Purley, for more than a week, after arriving a fortnight ago.

Jim Quirke, 48, of Coulsdon, owner of Millenium Jag, an independent Jaguar specialist, found one traveller washing in his kitchen, while another tried to run into the bathroom while he was on the phone.

He said the proximity of the travellers to his business was putting off customers, costing him up to £8000 a week.

The travellers moved a few hundred yards up the road to LA Fitness car park on Sunday night after being told to leave by Croydon Council.

They are now on private land so the council cannot move them on.

Mr Quirke, who has run the garage for 17 years, said it was not the first time they have come to Imperial Way and they were damaging his business.

He said he had to clean up faeces off the pavement and remove rubbish which had been thrown over the wall. He said: "We have had them coming in to try and use our facilities and they just cause a load of mess.

"It is costing us an absolute fortune. Customers don’t come in as they feel intimidated. It was the same the last time they were here.

He said: "We have had no assistance from the police or council. They have been absolutely useless. They weren’t issued a notice until Thursday, which is almost a week after they arrived.

"It is a never ending problem here. It has got to the stage where I haven’t got much choice other than to leave. We can’t continue to lose £5,000 to £8,000 per week, we just can’t do it."

Lianne Matthews, depot manager at Howdens Joinery, said: "When they came last time they pitched up and they were running around the depot. This time they haven’t been as disruptive to us, but I can see the problems.

"It is unnerving and intimidating, they play loud music all day."

A council spokesman said: "The council served a notice for people who had illegally camped on Imperial Way to leave by midday on Monday.

"We understand they moved on Sunday night."

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5:47pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Tony_Martin says...

The Police Service is scared of them. Modern Policing is more geared towards arresting people for off the cuff remarks than serious criminals.
The Police Service is scared of them. Modern Policing is more geared towards arresting people for off the cuff remarks than serious criminals. Tony_Martin
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7:39pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Ketsuban says...

The police are too busy arresting people for posting insults on Twitter.
The police are too busy arresting people for posting insults on Twitter. Ketsuban
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10:12pm Wed 10 Oct 12

ANNE GILES says...

Ketsuban wrote:
The police are too busy arresting people for posting insults on Twitter.
That is a daft thing to say.
[quote][p][bold]Ketsuban[/bold] wrote: The police are too busy arresting people for posting insults on Twitter.[/p][/quote]That is a daft thing to say. ANNE GILES
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9:59am Thu 11 Oct 12

trasie says...

Unfortunately, slander and phone hacking has more priority than the masses safety and livelihoods these days.
Unfortunately, slander and phone hacking has more priority than the masses safety and livelihoods these days. trasie
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1:48pm Thu 11 Oct 12

snuggs says...

I work on this industrial estate and they are a nuisance, I fully understand Jim Quirke's anxiousness. Why is it they can't be banned from the estate as a whole not just from the immediate area they are invading, polluting and disrupting? I know this only means them moving on to somewhere else but the council need tougher measures to deal with them.
I work on this industrial estate and they are a nuisance, I fully understand Jim Quirke's anxiousness. Why is it they can't be banned from the estate as a whole not just from the immediate area they are invading, polluting and disrupting? I know this only means them moving on to somewhere else but the council need tougher measures to deal with them. snuggs
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9:11pm Thu 11 Oct 12

croydon chav says...

So much for this government helping small businesses! The Police and Croydon Council are once again letting down the decent hard working rate paying citizen because of their fear of reprisals and the red tape caused by Tony Blair's love of the Human Rights act! Croydon Council needs to grow a pair and get these travellers off of Imperial Way because decent people are losing their patience!
So much for this government helping small businesses! The Police and Croydon Council are once again letting down the decent hard working rate paying citizen because of their fear of reprisals and the red tape caused by Tony Blair's love of the Human Rights act! Croydon Council needs to grow a pair and get these travellers off of Imperial Way because decent people are losing their patience! croydon chav
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3:23pm Mon 15 Oct 12

bellboy007 says...

I had the personal misfortune of coming into contact with these wastes of oxygen when i worked just off Purley Way a few years back. Leaving one night I was surrounded by about 10 of them trying to sell me their tat, when i refused, they said they would break my legs and found out where I lived. nice. the day we came into to find excrement smeared all over the door...they really are the scum of the earth and proof, it was ever needed that de-evolution exists. They then have the audacity to moan that they are treated unfairly!! i feel sorry for the guy and hope they get moved on soon before the poor bloke has to move. They cause misery and upset wherever they go no to mention the financial cost of clearing up once they've left.
I had the personal misfortune of coming into contact with these wastes of oxygen when i worked just off Purley Way a few years back. Leaving one night I was surrounded by about 10 of them trying to sell me their tat, when i refused, they said they would break my legs and found out where I lived. nice. the day we came into to find excrement smeared all over the door...they really are the scum of the earth and proof, it was ever needed that de-evolution exists. They then have the audacity to moan that they are treated unfairly!! i feel sorry for the guy and hope they get moved on soon before the poor bloke has to move. They cause misery and upset wherever they go no to mention the financial cost of clearing up once they've left. bellboy007
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