Council battles to remove new traveller group

Travellers have set up their caravans on the Lawson Road playing field in Marton.'17-8-2015
Travellers have set up their caravans on the Lawson Road playing field in Marton.'17-8-2015
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A group of travellers who pitched up near Stanley Park are set to be issued with an eviction notice by Blackpool Council.

Around eight caravans, as well as dogs and horses, were spotted on land near the model village on Saturday.

Council officers asked the group to leave – with the travellers moving over the road to land off Lawson Road.

The council is now set to issue a court order in the next few days to move the group off the land.

Marton ward Coun Vicki Singleton added: “As council officers have said we are doing all we can. It is difficult for residents and there is a big traveller community in Blackpool too,

“We have to be careful how to handle it.

“We have to look after everyone involved.

“The council is doing what it can.

“Hopefully the group will move by its own accord before the court order is issued.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Council confirmed officers had applied for a court summons to remove the group from Lawson Field yesterday.

A group of around 30 travellers who arrived at South Car Park off Yeadon Way on Thursday left the site yesterday.

A third group of travellers was last night on private land off Mowbray Drive, Layton.

Travellers occupy town car park

A group of travellers arrived on South Car Park off Yeadon Way on Thursday.

The group were served with a notice to leave by tea time on Friday, but many of the group stayed until yesterday.

Susie Gallagher, owner of the New Market on Waterloo Road, South Shore, said; “It is not very welcoming for visitors when they come down Yeadon Way to see one of the car parks occupied by a big group of travellers.”

It is believed the town could see an increase in traveller groups this week ahead of a major festival.

The Blackpool Fair takes place in Garstang Road, Poulton between Thursday and Sunday.