Council approves new £20,000 fencing to keep travellers out

The new fencing is expected to be in place early in the New Year.
The new fencing is expected to be in place early in the New Year.
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Plans for £20,000 of extra fencing aimed at stopping travellers getting onto a Kirk Hallam playing field have been given the green light.

The move follows four visits by travellers to the site – at the rear of Windsor Crescent – within the space of a year, with residents complaining about the amount of rubbish, noise and anti-social behaviour.

Erewash Borough Council’s Executive met on Thursday and approved the installation of tubular ‘hoop’ fencing along the boundary, with two gates allowing access for maintenance vehicles.

A further £3,000 for ‘hoop’ fencing at Rutland Sports Park in Ilkeston was also approved.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “We have looked carefully into the best preventative measure we could put in place and believe the tubular fencing is the best way forward.”