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Travellers camp on Burnley sports field
TRAVELLERS have set up a camp at a Burnley sports venue.
At least 10 caravans appeared over the weekend at the council-owned Prairie Playing Fields, on the corner of Windermere Avenue and Colne Road in Reedley.
Police say they are aware of the illegal encampment and have been informed that the convoy will move on ‘of their own accord’ in the next few days.
Queensgate ward Councillor Jennifer Knowles lives in nearby Towneley Street.
She said constituents had approached her with worries about the camp.
Coun Knowles, who has been up to view the site herself, said: “I am very concerned as to how these people actually got onto the playing fields because the gates are normally locked.
“I will be chasing the issue up with the council and I have been told that they have been served with a notice to leave.”
She added that the caravans could cause havoc with sports teams and others wanting to use the facility.
A large group of travellers occupied another council play area, Hargher Clough Rec in Harold Avenue, in April this year.
In that case, they were believed to have cut the locks off gates in order to park their vehicles, and council chiefs took the unprecedented step of clo-sing two public car parks in Towneley Park for a weekend to keep the travellers out.