Travellers on illegal encampment near Chesterfield set to be evicted

A group of Travellers who set up an illegal encampment near Chesterfield are to be evicted.

Tuesday, 19th April 2022, 11:35 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th April 2022, 11:36 am

Caravans arrived at The Avenue, Wingerworth, on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 13.

A spokesperson for North East Derbyshire District Council said today that the eviction process was underway and promised a clean up of the area would follow.

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Travellers have set up camp over Easter in Wingerworth.

He said: “All agencies and partners, including Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, North East Derbyshire District Council, Derbyshire Constabulary and the land owner (the Land Trust), are progressing action to resolve the situation regarding the encampment at The Avenue at Wingerworth.

“We would like to re-assure residents we are currently in the middle of eviction proceedings and will make the site safe and secure as quickly as possible and the council will be on site to clean up the area of any litter and rubbish following the eviction.

“We will provide a further update tomorrow.

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“The Land Trust will then work with local partners to schedule new dates for the postponed activities.”

A number of events for the Easter weekend were cancelled after this was advised by the Land Trust.

Geoff Lord, president of Wingerworth Junior Sports Association, whose ground is on The Avenue, said: "They are on the public car park but we have suspended any training/matches on nearby pitches to avoid any potential conflict.”