Travellers to be kept at bay by barriers

Cllrs Mike Wallis, Barbara Harrison and Steve Bilbie
Cllrs Mike Wallis, Barbara Harrison and Steve Bilbie

Barriers have been installed in a Sandiacre car park after neighbours complained about travellers setting up camp.

Erewash Borough Council spent £2,000 installing two 2.1m bars at the Bridge Street car park in a bid to stop the caravans returning.

But the council said it has ‘no plans’ to install similar barriers at Ilkeston’s Pimlico car park where nuisance travellers caused problems for neighbours and market traders three times last year.

Cllr Barbara Harrison, lead member for the environment, said: “We listened to the concerns of local residents, particularly those living close to this car park, and decided to take swift action to resolve the issue.

“It is a car park which was suitable for height restriction barriers and we know that all those living nearby and those who regularly use this car park will welcome the work carried out.”

The work also included four bollards.