Travellers evicted from Winsford head for Congleton

Winsford Guardian: Caravans have now moved off the St John's Drive site Caravans have now moved off the St John's Drive site

TRAVELLERS have been moved off land in Winsford after the borough council obtained a court order to evict them from the site.

A clean-up operation began on Friday, August 6 after the encampment of eight caravans and motorhomes left grass land at St John’s Drive.

The Travellers arrived at the site on Saturday, August 31.

Following an initial visit on Monday, the Cheshire West and Chester Council carried out welfare checks on Tuesday, August 3, before serving the Travellers with a ‘direction to leave land’ notice.

The notice stipulated that they must leave the site by 1pm on Wednesday, August 4.

But with no sign of any movement, and another two caravans arriving on Thursday, a CWAC representative visited court to acquire permission to evict Travellers from the site.

On Friday, A spokesman for Cheshire West and Chester Council confirmed: “The council were successful in obtaining a court order yesterday.

“The enforcement was carried out and caravans left the site on Thursday.

“The land is now clear and a cleanup operation has been arranged.”

Inspector Dave Snasdell from Winsford Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The council used their powers to have them moved and we were in attendance to prevent breach of the peace.

“There was no police intervention other than reassuring the community, and there have been no issues other than complaints.

“The council has received quite a few complaints about the noise from the generators and the mess caused from litter left at the site.

“The Travellers are now in Congleton on the leisure centre car park.”

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