An MSP has described a bid by a group of travellers to make a massive illegal encampment in St Cyrus permanent as “outrageous” - as nearby residents told of their “despair” over the site.
The travellers set up on land at St Cyrus close to the nearby nature reserve in September 2013.
Residents say two years on they feel the travellers are “here to stay”.
Despite being told to leave the site, the group have now applied for retrospective planning permission to make the site - called North Esk Park - permanent.
That bid comes after a similar plan was rejected in April.
One couple living near site said they want to move away from the area but claim they may not be able to find a buyer as the camp is on their doorstep.
North East MSP Alex Johnstone said: “This situation is outrageous and has dragged on long enough, and it has made a complete mockery of the planning system.
“Retrospective planning permission is absolutely unacceptable in this case because it would simply set a precedent for similar incidents elsewhere.”
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