£20k security fence plan to keep travellers off Kirk Hallam playing fields

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.

New security fencing to keep out travellers at a Kirk Hallam playing field is expected to get the green light this week.

The move follows four visits by travellers to the site – at the rear of Windsor Crescent – over a relatively short space of time this year, with nearby residents complaining each time about the amount of rubbish, noise and anti-social behaviour they had to endure.

Clean-ups once the travellers had left the site are estimated to have cost the council between £5,000 and £10,000 on each occasion.

Members of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive will meet on Thursday and are expected to agree that tubular ‘hoop’ fencing, costing £20,000, should be put up along the boundary along with two gates to allow access for maintenance vehicles.

They are also expected to confirm a further £3,000 to put up similar ‘hoop’ fencing at Rutland Sports Park in Ilkeston, which has been identified by the council as a high risk site with potential entry points for travellers.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “We understand the seriousness of the problem of travellers using the Kirk Hallam playing field site and are well aware of the impact on residents in the Windsor Crescent area.

“This is why we have looked carefully into the best preventative measure we could put in place and believe the tubular fencing is the best way forward – both at Kirk Hallam and Rutland Sports Park.”

If the measures are approved by councillors, the fencing could be fitted early in the New Year.

The meeting of the Executive is at Long Eaton Town Hall at 10.30am.