A group of travellers facing court action after arriving in Elgin have moved on – to a new site just over a mile away.
The group emerged outside Robertson’s Construction Group on Edgar Road on April 7 but had given assurances that they would be gone by last Wednesday in order to avoid legal action.
They were served papers ordering them to attend Elgin Sheriff Court on Friday but moved from the site before the hearing.
The travellers are now at Riverside Road near to the KFC, around a mile away from Edgar Road.
John Divers, Labour Councillor for the Elgin South ward, said it appeared the travellers had stuck “two fingers” up to the court order.
He said: “You have to question what the court order actually means if they are just going to get up and move around Elgin.
“They will know exactly what is in it and how to use and abuse it.
“We were told they would move on but it would appear they are sticking two fingers up at that.”
Last week a spokesman for the Moray Council said that while the site on Edgar Road was not under the remit of the council, it was being monitored.
He said: “We keep tabs on the area, and make contact with the travelling community on a daily basis to make sure that the code of conduct is being adhered to.
“That is where our remit ends.”
One woman at the site on Edgar Road said the travellers were doing their utmost to keep the area tidy.
However Councillor Divers said that the code of conduct had not been met and that significant amount of litter had been left behind.
He said: “I was assured that they would be keeping the place tidy but I drove past and saw a lot of litter which will result in costs for the taxpayer.”