Barrier puts a stop to illegal park travellers

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A new barrier has been built after seven caravans descended on a South Ribble park.

Seven families of travellers set up camp on Withy Grove Park and spent two weeks on the land before being moved off by council representatives and the police.

A new barrier has now been erected to stop it from happening again.

Coun Dave Watts, who represents Bamber Bridge East at South Ribble Council, said he welcomed the move.

He said: “Seven caravans moved onto the park two weeks ago at the far side near Withy Trees Drive.

“The council did make sure there was plenty of plastic bags and there were portable loos.

“It was good they did put them there because it kept the damage and the mess to a minimum.”

Coun Watts said the problem of travellers illegally being able to set up camp on the park only came to light once they were there.

He said: “There was always a barrier at the other end of the park and posts along the side of the car park but then we realised we had left the other end open.

“I don’t know how many other parks and open spaces we have in the borough could be accessible in this way.

“We already had a barrier ready to order for when they moved off and hopefully this will mean it doesn’t happen again.”