Human excrement left on playing fields near Chesterfield as Travellers evicted

Travellers have been evicted from playing fields near Chesterfield – but there are warnings about human excrement left at the site.

Friday, 30th July 2021, 8:23 am

Tupton Parish Council’s bailiffs served the Travellers with a legal eviction notice earlier this week after the group set up camp on the fields at North Side, Tupton, on Sunday.

Councillors confirmed that the group – which caused damage to a gate and the fields – had been evicted on Thursday.

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The main access to the playing fields at Tupton is temporarily blocked so repairs can be carried out. Picture posted by Councillor David Hancock on Facebook.

Liberal Democrat Councillor David Hancock, who serves Tupton on North East Derbyshire District Council (NEDDC), said: “As a temporary measure the main access to the recreation ground is blocked until repairs to the gate have been effected.

“Walkers can access the grounds by turning left and using the footpath past the garages and around the rugby club.

“Apologies for the inconvenience – repairs will be done over the weekend.

“The environmental clean-up will take place on Monday. Please be aware that there is human excrement on the field.”

Earlier this week, Coun Ross Shipman, leader of the Liberal Democrats on NEDDC, told the Derbyshire Times: “There are multiple sites across north Derbyshire for Travellers to use, and the knock on effect to what has happened is youth engagement and sporting matches have had to be cancelled.”

A memorial event which had been due to be held on the site by Tupton Rugby Club on Saturday has had to be postponed.

There were also reports about Travellers at Thistle Park in Brimington on Thursday night but it is understood they have now moved on.

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