Travellers set up camp in leisure centre car park

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Travellers that have moved onto a leisure centre car park will be tackled using the ‘necessary legal procedure’, a council has said.

The two caravans are understood to have set up camp at West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton today, Wednesday, October 26.

Police confirmed that a call was received this afternoon and PCSOs had been sent to look into the situation, but said the land is owned by Erewash Borough Council.

In a Tweet from the council, they wrote: “We are aware of the travellers on West Park Leisure Centre’s car park and are pursing the necessary legal procedure.”

They then directed readers to their policy, which states: “When an unauthorised gypsy and traveller encampment park their vehicles on a piece of land belonging to the council, the council will take court action to recover possession of the land.

“When dealing with those who trespass on council land, the council is required by law to follow a set process.

“We will serve a notice requiring those on council land to vacate it within 24 hours.

“The notice contains a warning of legal action being commenced where there is a failure to adhere to the notice.

“If the encampment remains on the council land after the expiry of the notice, we will begin legal proceedings.”