Travellers face eviction after setting up camp at Flintshire beauty spot

Reporter:

Geraint Jones

Travellers are set to been evicted after they set up camp at a Flintshire beauty spot.

Bailiffs and police are due to arrive at 10am on Thursday to enforce an injunction issued against the travellers who arrived at Broughton Country Park on Tuesday night. 

Cllr Derek Butler, of Flintshire Council and Broughton and Bretton Community Council, said bailiffs issued the injunction to the travellers on Wednesday afternoon. 

Cllr Butler added the travellers had tried unsuccessfully to get onto Brookes Avenue Playing Fields and a new padlock had to be installed at the gates.

He added people felt “intimidated” by the travellers, who had draped washing over railings at the country park.

“They’re obviously outraged that they’ve got no access to their country park; that’s their facility,” he added

Cllr Butler, also Flintshire member for Broughton South ward, said many constituents had contacted him because they could not get onto the park, and also because of “dogs running over the place and the mess”.

Schools and Airbus had been informed of the situation, and the nearby Broughton Shopping would also be notified as the travellers were due to be moved today, Cllr Butler added.

The councillor added the community had raised funds to purchase the park and the community council had put in several features over the years, including a new path, trees and a play area.

Cllr Sue Stevens, of Broughton and Bretton Community Council, said she hoped the matter would be resolved “sooner rather than later”.

“People are not happy because the country park is a popular place for families to go in the light nights, and they have not wanted to be going there with their children,” she added. 

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