Park clean up as travellers move on from Flintshire beauty spot

Reporter:

Amy Sargeson

Community council workers have cleaned up faeces and broken glass from a country park where travellers pitched up earlier this week.

The group set up camp at Broughton Country Park on Tuesday night and hung their washing off the playground fencing on the site.

Bailiffs and police officers were scheduled to arrive yesterday morning to enforce an injunction for them to leave the park.

However, according to a spokesman for Broughton and Bretton Communtiy Council they had already left the site and had now set up on the car park of ALS Environmental at Hawarden Business Park.

The spokesman added: “There was minimal damage to the site but rubbish and faeces were left at the park.

“The site has been cleared of all rubbish and has been secured now.

“We will be erecting a barrier preventing vehicles accessing the site.

“We are unclear of the number of vehicles which were on the site on Tuesday.

“There was no requirement for police presence as they acted on their own behalf.

“We feel that we acted very promptly which hopefully means they won’t be returning to the area.” 

Yesterday, community council workers cleaned up the mess that was left behind at the children’s play area within the country park.

Speaking to the Leader on Wednesday, Cllr Derek Butler, of Flintshire Council and Broughton and Bretton Community Council, said the travellers had tried unsuccessfully to get onto Brookes Avenue Playing Fields and a new padlock had to be installed at the gates.

He said people felt “intimidated” by the travellers.

Cllr Billy Mullin, also of Flintshire Council and Broughton and Bretton Community Council, said: “They do cause some devastation for not only the children but for all who use the park and who live nearby.

“They took over and forcibly got on the site and it is frightening for people.

“We have really got to look at security and try to prevent this from happening again.”

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