Evicted travellers set up camp . . . again
9:07am Monday 10th September 2012 in News
TRAVELLERS who have been kicked off a beauty spot have now set up home a few hundred yards down the road.
The group illegally set up camp at Blackleach Country Park in Walkden .
Council bosses were forced to close the park’s visitor’s centre because of the disruption after the group arrived a week ago.
They were served with an eviction notice by Salford City Council and left the site on Thursday. But they moved to Harriet Street, close to the park.
Local authority chiefs have now issued them with another eviction notice, ordering them to leave the site by today.
Cllr Gena Merrett, assistant mayor for housing and environment at Salford City Council, said: “We are aware that travellers have now left Blackleach Country Park and moved to Harriet Street in Walkden.
“The eviction process commenced immediately and they have until this morning to leave the site. We will continue to ensure there is minimum disruption to local residents.”
Council bosses are working with the police to minimise disruption but local people have expressed concern.
Walkden South councillor Iain Lindley said: “I support any moves by the council to ask the travellers to move on as soon as possible. Some local residents are obviously concerned by this.”
Greater Manchester Police and council staff served the first notice on Wednesday, which forced the travellers to leave the country park the following day.
A spokesman for GMP said: “As this is a civil matter, Salford Council is leading on it.
“However, police will monitor the situation and check the site has been vacated by the deadline. ”
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