UPDATE: Travellers on playing field summoned to court

Travellers have set up camp on Fishers Field in Blackpool.
Travellers have set up camp on Fishers Field in Blackpool.

A Blackpool councillor has vowed that travellers on a children’s playing field will be ‘evicted by the end of the week’.

The group of travellers, who moved onto Fishers Field off Highfield Road, South Shore, at around 12.15pm yesterday, have been called to court.

The field is home to Foxhall Junior Football Club, which practices there seven days a week. Training at the club has been cancelled while the travellers remain on the pitch.

Blackpool Council has now issued the group with a summons, and they are due to appear at Blackpool Magistrate’s Court at 10am tomorrow.

Claremont councillor Ivan Taylor, who is the cabinet member tasked with resolving the situation, said: “We believe these people have recently been moved from Common Edge, and they have now moved onto Fisher’s Field.

“They will be evicted by the end of the week.

“This does not mean they will not turn up somewhere else. The council can take injuctions against certain individuals but we cannot take an injunction out against the whole of the travelling community.”

Highfield councillor Lily Henderson said: “The field is part of our community. They have no right to park there.”

She added that the travellers presence may cause problems for water company United Utilities, which is due to carry out work on Fisher’s Field.

She said: “I think they should be moved immediately because they are stopping children playing on there and they may beholding up United Utilities work on the drains, which we need as a matter of urgency.

“The council will hold a meeting to find out exactly what we have to do to get them moved. In the mean time I believe the police should step in, as they are parked there illegally.”

Foxhall Football Club club chairman Shaun Louth said: “It’s a bit of an inconvenience. It’s not an ideal situation with the kids’ training, and there will probably be litter left behind.

“We were supposed to be training tonight but we’re calling it off. The kids are going to be disappointed but it’s just one of those things.

“It’s out of our hands. We’ll just wait until they move on.”

A police spokesman said: “A member of the public complained that the travellers have set up on the football pitch.”