A roundabout way of holding a protest

Evidence of people living on Springfield Roundabout
Evidence of people living on Springfield Roundabout

PROTESTERS have taken up residence on a city roundabout after claiming Milton Keynes Council could not find a place for them to live.

Springfield resident Wendy Tipper wrote to this newspaper to say she had seen people running across the dual carriageway near her home during the rush hour to get to the roundabout at the junction of the H6 Childs Way and V8 Marlborough Street.

Evidence of people living on Springfield Roundabout

Evidence of people living on Springfield Roundabout

On Saturday night Ms Tipper noticed that a fire had been started there.

Bucks Fire and Rescue confirmed they had been called to an incident shortly before 10pm.

Ms Tipper said: “There are people living on the roundabout and they have been there for about two months.

“They are protesting about the council not housing them.

“When travelling around the roundabout on Monday evening at 5.30pm there was another small fire on the inside of the trees on it.”

The council confirmed that they were aware of the people protesting on the roundabout, and added that they had been approached by the pair to organise living arrangements.

A council spokesman said: “We have spoken with the two people involved. One of them does not meet priority needs, having just arrived in Milton Keynes with no local connections or history, but we did give advice on alternative housing options.

“The other proved very difficult to engage with, and we have not yet been able to safely carry out the interview needed for us to know if or how we can help. We are monitoring the situation along with the police.”

Ms Tipper added that not only were the campers putting others at risk but also themselves.

She said: “I don’t know if the roundabout residents realise what danger they are putting themselves in living there.

“In bad weather the roundabout has motorists regularly mounting them due to careless driving.”