Travellers told to accept court verdict

Travellers site at Fairfield rd, Hardhorn.
Travellers site at Fairfield rd, Hardhorn.
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A residents group opposed to travellers living on fields close to their homes today said they should accept a court’s decision and move off the land.

The Gazette reported yesterday that London’s Supreme Court dismissed an application submitted by travellers living in fields off Fairfield Road, Hardhorn, which put an end to their bid to live there – which has been running for more than four years – without planning permission.

Four Irish families have lived in caravans on the site, on Fairfield Road, Hardhorn, since November 2009.

Now Hardhorn, Staining, Singleton, Poulton Residents hope this will see the end of the disruption they claim was caused by the families.

A spokesman for the group said: “After four years and three months we are pleased this appeal has been refused as this is a totally inappropriate development in Hardhorn.

“We have really all had enough to be draggled through this ordeal for so long, we have been very very patient.

“The planning system has been totally abused by the applicants.

“We look forward to this field being restored to its former and to live in some peace with safer highways but we know this is going to take time and money to complete this restoration.

“We believe the cost of this along with all the court costs will have to be paid back by the applicant to the council and the Secretary of State.

“We would ask that the travellers accept this decision as this application has been heard at all levels fairly and been done democratically. We would like them to leave the site peacefully and respect the local residents.

“They chose to take a risk on this land and the application.”

The travellers pursued their right to stay on the land through the courts, eventually landing them in London’s Supreme Court.

But that court rejected their argument.

It comes after the Court of Appeal’s decision to throw out an application to stay last year, leaving them with little hope of securing the 2.4 hectares of land.

A spokesman for Fylde Council told The Gazette the authority believes the travellers have now “exhausted their last legal avenue.” Councillors will now decide what action to take next.

The travellers have declined to comment on the latest developments.