TRAVELLERS have finally moved on from Alyn Waters after 11 days, despite going past their 24 hour deadline.
Eight caravans were still on the site in Llay as yesterday’s 5pm deadline for them to leave passed, and the travellers told police they would not move until the media had left the site.
At about 5.10pm Inspector Nick Evans of North Wales Police asked reporters and photographers on side to leave the area to encourage the travellers to leave.
On Wednesday the travellers were issued with a notice by Wrexham Council to leave the site within 24 hours after Wrexham magistrates granted an injunction.
As the 5pm deadline approached the travellers could be seen packing up, although they had not left the site. Later in the evening they had cleared the site.
Cllr Hugh Jones, Wrexham Council’s lead member for communities, partnerships and collaboration, said: “Following the serving of the court order, and with the help of council officers working with the police, the travellers have now started to leave the site.”
The travellers has caused some disruptions in the Llay community.
Llay United Youth Football Club players have seen its pre-season preparations disrupted by the camp.
The club has about 150 boys and girls playing and training at Alyn Waters every week but were forced to move to Gresford Colliery Club.
Club secretary David Adams said he was concerned about the state of the turf at Alyn Waters after travellers’ vehicles had driven over it.
Cllr Malcolm Taylor, who represents Llay on Wrexham Council, said: “I’m over the moon and very pleased that finally sense has prevailed and they have gone.
“I hope that is the last we ever see of them. The way they have conducted themselves is a disgrace.
“They have made quite a bit of mess on the football area.”
Cllr Taylor also praised the actions of Wrexham Council’s legal team members who have resolved the situation.
Cllr Terry Boland, who also represents Llay, said: “I am impressed with the police and the council and how they have approached this.
“It has been a gentle, quiet and calm approach and I am glad the situation has been resolved.”
Last night, the travellers swiftly moved on to council-owned land near Pentre Maelor Community Centre.