Travellers move in

Travellers in Centurion Industrial Estate, off Centurion Way, Farington
Travellers in Centurion Industrial Estate, off Centurion Way, Farington

Travellers have set up camp on land in Leyland.

Around 12 caravans have been at the entrance to a Farington business park since the weekend.. But because the families are on private land the council has no powers to move them.

The travellers are living on Centurion Industrial Estate, off Centurion Way, close to where around 100 caravans parked on playing fields for a few weeks in 2009.

Police said caravans arrived on Sunday, at around 3.30pm, and now police are working with Lancashire County Council and South Ribble Council to establish who owns the land.

Martin Cocks, manager of the Goalcroft business, on the industrial estate, said: “They’ve taken over the car park at the entrance to the estate, and it’s affecting where delivery drivers can stop.

“There were trees there a few years ago, but all of us on the business park clubbed together to have them taken down, so we could use that area for parking.

“We never expected it would attract travellers.

“I’ve been here eight years, and I remember some settling on the BTR playing fields, at the top of Centurion Way, a couple of years ago. I hope these new ones move on soon.”

- For more on this story, see this week’s Leyland Guardian.

- The travellers were still on site when the Guardian went to print on Tuesday.