Travellers served court order to leave leisure centre car park


A group of travellers who set up camp in Broadway Meadow car park have been served with a court order to leave by tomorrow evening.

They arrived on the Council owned land near Wilmslow Leisure Centre on Thursday 17th April and six caravans and six vehicles have been parked at the end of the car park since.

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said: "A group of Travellers, consisting of six caravans and six vehicles are currently based on the car park at Wilmslow Leisure Centre. They arrived there last Thursday.

"Council officers have visited the location and we are now moving forward with the legal process to secure possession of the site.

"They were served with a notice to quit yesterday, but were still there today. They have now been served a court order to leave the site by tomorrow (Friday) evening."

Broadway Meadow Car Park, Travellers, Wilmslow Leisure Centre


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Andrew Wright
Thursday 24th April 2014 at 5:59 pm
...and will they be served with parking fines for the days they have been parked there, or are we to believe that they have purchased tickets?
Graham Jackson
Thursday 24th April 2014 at 6:17 pm
They must have a lot of change to feed the carparking meters!......Oh sorry it's only us, tax payers, that get fined for none payment. I forgot they're special, normal rules don't apply - a harassed minority with a get of jail 'free' card.
Dave Wood
Thursday 24th April 2014 at 7:38 pm
Next stop, Stanley Green trading estate, after another huge bill for tidying up after them. When will Cheshire East get tough with them?
Jake Aikenhead
Thursday 24th April 2014 at 11:52 pm
What an absolute joke. Travellers are taking Cheshire East Council for idiots. First started off at Tesco Handforth Dean, and still there now. There moving round the Wilmslow area and once again getting a free ride/the east option

Time to get tough!
Pete Taylor
Saturday 26th April 2014 at 7:23 pm
Perhaps CEC should send someone to see "Spirit Medium" David Traynor when he appears at the British Legion on Wednesday? He might be able to tell them where the travellers will be appearing next.
Stuart Redgard
Sunday 27th April 2014 at 2:06 am
Still there at 11:00pm Saturday evening
Jon Williams
Sunday 27th April 2014 at 9:58 am
The sooner they have the site built for them the better
Dave Cash
Sunday 27th April 2014 at 11:32 am
That is probably the response they have been hoping for over with the 'campaign' to date, Trevor.
Just waiting CEC to cancel a PCN because a motorist had only overstayed in a car park by 3 days.
Nick Jones
Sunday 27th April 2014 at 2:19 pm
Building a site !...........That will be the start of the problems.........., oversubscribed, before its built,........... The nucleus for another Dale farm... (still ongoing ) Hardhorn Village Lancashire ( ongoing ),. and who pays ??????.. has anyone been to Middlewich lately ???
If we are going to build a site there can only be one location..... Malpas.....where councillor M Jones can have constant reassurance that all is well on his watch........and he will have blighted CEC of a traveller problems .... And as for more illegal camps....... well i say illegal...... i should distinguish that if law abiding Joe public parked his caravan and work vehicle on earls road, rectory field car park,tescos access road ( where 1 van and lorry located ) then.. make no bones about it you would have more fixed penalties than a rigged football match.......but because illegal parking is not prosecuted, and echr rights of the law abiding are breached in favour of those who choose not to comply to tax,vat.. legislation, etc ..... this will continue ad infinitum.
The footpath at the rear of rectory fields car park is now strewn with their rubbish .... and no one in authority is really overly concerned.
Mark Goldsmith
Monday 28th April 2014 at 9:05 am
@Nick Jones

The council don't even report these as crimes.

If you look at the crime maps ( you will see that there are no reported crimes for fly tipping in Earls Road, nor is last years £10,000 of damage to the Wilmslow High School playing fields recorded either.

With "no crime" committed, the police don't have to investigate anything, so no one is prosecuted. Fly tipping carries up to 5 years imprisonment, but the police who tell us they are doing everything they can and our councillors who say they take a tough stance on fly tipping are just lying to us - they can't even be bothered to report these a crimes.

Instead, they hope that by turning a blind eye to this, we will accept gypsy sites as a better alternative. So don't fall for their deceitful tactics and oppose both the illegal and legal campsites.
Jon Williams
Tuesday 29th April 2014 at 6:43 pm
A gypsy/traveller site is to be made available on land that Cheshire East Council own, just within Stockport Borough boundary on the edge of the proposed new settlement of Handforth East.
Andy Morley
Tuesday 29th April 2014 at 6:46 pm
It would seem CEC want the residents of Wilmslow to forgive the travellers for the damage and fly tipping, and as a reward to give them a permanent site !! I dont think so. The lack of action from CEC is typical of the ineffective manner in which they conduct themselves, they should take a leaf from other councils who have cleared the Travellers for good.
Terry Roeves
Tuesday 29th April 2014 at 7:01 pm
Give WTC the powers and the cash and the job will get done. WTC care about Wilmslow, it's their role on our behalf. CEC obviously don't care.
They repeat their incompetence regularly and there are only financial consequences for council tax payers, not the offenders.
Still, now we have our Clean Team, I think CEC won't even bother with the mess.
What makes me think that CEC and these travellers are in cahoots?
Roll on May 2015.