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A large group of travellers has moved on to a site in Leybourne.
Up to 20 caravans, with around 100 people and vans and cars are now on green space at Castle Way in Leybourne, with a smaller contingent a short way off on land in Lillieburn.
The group began to arrive on Thursday evening, with others joining them by Sunday morning.
Leybourne Parish Council has been inundated with queries from residents, partly as the land, which is partially owned by Tonbridge and Malling council and Kent County Council, includes the local children's play area.
It is understood the travellers gained access to the site by removing a fence post and part of the fencing.
Police had a PCSO stationed close to the site on Saturday.
"That is our only play area for our kids. I don't live right opposite the site, but I've also been told there's a smell of human waste" - resident
A spokesman for Leybourne Parish Council said: "It's an unfortunate situation. A course of action has to be followed and that is being done. There are over 100 travellers there at the moment.
"It's an unfortunate situation. A course of action has to be followed and that is being done. There are over 100 travellers there at the moment" - Leybourne parish council spokesman
"We are also dealing with issues including the children's play area, which is at the end of the open space now being occupied."
One resident, who did not want to be named, told the KM: "That is our only play area for our kids. I don't live right opposite the site, but I've also been told there's a smell of human waste."
Tonbridge and Malling council has been notified and has been working on serving the travellers with summonses and eviction notices, which are likely to be served today or tomorrow.
A police spokesman added: "At present, this remains a matter for the local authorities which own the land and who have asked the occupants to move on.
"Officers are aware of concerns surrounding anti-social behaviour at the location and we will continue to closely monitor the situation."
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