A COMMUNITY event for children is being moved because of a travellers’ camp.
A pebble painting session is taking place today as part of Llay Festival Week.
It was due to be held at Alyn Waters Country Park, but because of the travellers’ camp which is on the park’s football pitches, organisers hve switched it to an alternative location.
Paul Crewe, chairman of Llay Partnership Group, said the session would now be going ahead at the Llay Park Resource Centre.
Rob Walsh, of the Friends of Alyn Waters, said: “The travellers’ actions has forced us to move the pebble-painting activity to the resource centre.
“This event, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, is part of Llay Festival Week with the aim of promoting the significance of Alyn Waters. As a result of the travellers’ actions this is now not possible.
“However, we are extremely grateful to Paul Crewe and Sarah Smallwood of the partnership committee for accommodating us at the resource centre at such short notice.”
Monday’s Leader reported that Wrexham Council was ready to get a court injunction to move the travellers, although it said it is at the mercy of other agencies to be able to do so.
Llay United Youth Football Club has seen its pre-season preparations disrupted by the travellers’ camp.
The club has about 150 boys and girls playing and training at Alyn Waters every week.
Club secretary David Adams said he would like to thank Gresford Colliery Club which has offered access to pitches for the youngsters to hold their games when the new campaign gets under way on September 7.
Mr Adams said he was concerned about the state of the turf at Alyn Waters after travellers’ vehicles had driven over it.
Llay’s two councillors on Wrexham Council have been speaking about the disruption to community life.
Cllr Malcolm Taylor said: “People have been getting in contact with me about the situation over the travellers.
“They are deeply unhappy about the mess and litter there.”
Cllr Terry Boland said: “Residents are very concerned about what is going to be left at Alyn Waters after the travellers have moved on.
“There is a great deal of anger about them being there.”