Travellers kicked off Doncaster land by court order

Independent Ray Mullis, who defeated Labour's sitting canidate Margaret Ward in the Edlington and Warmsworth ward.
Independent Ray Mullis, who defeated Labour's sitting canidate Margaret Ward in the Edlington and Warmsworth ward.

TRAVELLERS had to be evicted from illegal Doncaster encampments twice in as many days, enforcement officers have revealed.

The group originally arrived in Conisbrough but were ordered to leave Doncaster after a court order was taken out against them.

But the travellers returned, setting up in Edlington, and had to be moved on again just hours later.

Conisbrough residents contacted Doncaster Council to complain after the group set up camp on land off Doncaster Road.

Officials moved to take out an injunction against the camp, which was on the authority’s own land.

Doncaster Council staff monitored the site and also arranged for large boulders to be delivered to stop the encampment returning.

Staff also identified nearby areas where there was a danger of a new illegal site springing up.

They worked with a farmer to plough field verges to stop caravans and trailers gaining access.

But just hours after the travellers were escorted out of the borough by police, they returned and set up an illegal camp on land owned by the authority in Edlington.

The site was in Broomhouse Lane which was once part of the Granby Working Mens’s Club site.

A council spokesman said tensions ran high within the community and gangs of youths were dispersed by police officers.

Just six hours later the group was evicted for the second time in two days and escorted by police to the edge of Doncaster.

Council officers removed bags of rubbish and arranged for another delivery of boulders to secure the land.

Coun Ray Mullis, cabinet member for housing, and a ward member for Edlington paid tribute to the council officers.

He said: “I’m really impressed with the way council have worked to resolve this issue so quickly.

“I’d encourage the community to use the sanctioned gypsy traveller sites rather than erect illegal camps.”