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Travellers Set Up Camp On Kids' Playing Field

Monday July 15 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

A GROUP of travellers have set up camp on a playing field at Kingstone where youngsters meet to play football every weekend.

They have moved at least 20 caravans onto the recreation ground off Broadway and strung up washing lines between trees.

One woman on Linton Close, who did not want to be named, said: "I saw them at the weekend and thought it must be the Caravan Club. It was only when I saw the washing hung up I realised it must be travellers."

Another said she believed they had broken a lock on a gate to the park to gain entry.

She added: “There are kids who play football on there most Sundays, it’s not fair. What are they going to do now? I don’t agree with them being there, they’re always going on land where they shouldn’t be.”

A spokesman for Barnsley Council said: "This group of travellers has recently encamped illegally.

"A legal process has begun, with the final decision on the appropriate legal action to be decided at a case conference, and following an encampment visit by a Barnsley Council officer."

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Reply Posted by Bob on Monday July 15 2013 at 12:04
Why aren't there any comments yet

Reply Posted by Stuart on Monday July 15 2013 at 12:09
Why would anyone want to play football on a playing field which is not theirs? Pathetic kids!

Reply Posted by bass on Monday July 15 2013 at 21:29
It's a football ground, like the one they have in Atherley.

Reply Posted by Josh on Monday July 15 2013 at 12:13
Surely the council and police have the power to remove these travellers. They're trespassing illegally on private land owned by the council. I'm sure the football clubs are going to refuse to pay rent, and the travellers aren't exactly going to keep the pitch in tip top condition. Get em shifted

Reply Posted by Mark on Monday July 15 2013 at 12:16
Travellers are what they are, Travellers! so they do need to stop and rest now and then but what does get my goat up is that they leave it a complete mess,rubbish everywhere burnt out caravans, gas bottles and on a playing field. Football gets played there all the time and if it was a season of football where are they supposed to play. Its not on at all. Looks a right mess now with washing hung up on the trees lol surely they could string up between the vans lol

Reply Posted by Dave on Monday July 15 2013 at 12:18
Absolutely disgusting. They think they have the right to set up camp anywhere they choose whether legal (rarely) or not. How long is it going to take to move them off? The school holidays start next week so where are the local kids going to play then. I wonder what would happen if I and a group of friends set up camp on the same field. It's obvious what would happen, the police and councillors would be there with a warrant straight away to evict us. The trouble is nowadays, the authorities daren't say a word to these people because of race relations.

Reply Posted by Stuart on Monday July 15 2013 at 12:41
I would agree with you David personally.

Reply Posted by Adrian on Monday July 15 2013 at 12:25
travellers dont help themselves..they want to be separate from the rest of society yet trespass on land & leave a huge mess behind

Reply Posted by Gaz on Monday July 15 2013 at 12:28
The council should hire a security firm to move them on using a 'whatever it takes' attitude.

Reply Posted by me on Monday July 15 2013 at 13:00
I'd still play football between the caravans anything gets broken its their fault!!!

Reply Posted by shaun on Monday July 15 2013 at 13:20
this is to Stuart....the kids play for proper teams who pay hundreds a year to rent these pitches to play on....I know this because i run a team, and we rent a council pitch for £335 a year. The same happened to us a couple of years ago, we had to cancel a match and we got a fine for it from the FA...

Reply Posted by Big Red Hand on Monday July 15 2013 at 14:36
Horrible creatures!
Pity the Nazi's aren't still around as they would have all been gassed by now.

Reply Posted by LV on Monday July 15 2013 at 14:57
Love how everyone's chipping in about it now, travelers have been pitching up in that field for well over a decade!! In all honesty it's not a matter of fair and unfair it's a matter of it's illegal - if you suspect Travelers are pitching up in a field and you don't know if it's legal for them to do so - phone the council ask for whatever department deals with parkland and travelers and inform them about it and ask them to check it out instead of just sitting behind your computers ranting on here!

Reply Posted by .... on Monday July 15 2013 at 15:43
pikeys dont pay council tax or any tax for that matter so why should they be able to use any amenities or public services/land that barnsley or any area offer. they dont pay there way in soceity only steal and rip people off or jjust cause trouble.

Reply Posted by Pikey hater on Monday July 15 2013 at 21:10
Get shut of them , water cannons etc ! . The scum bags don't like fresh water .

Reply Posted by Chris on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 08:38
just a quick note drove past vida at kendry this mornin theres about 15-20 caravans on there now with vans and cars ......

Reply Posted by sharnnie on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 09:57
I don't no why ppl have such a problem with travelers they don't hurt any body and yes it might not look good but its a dam sight better than smackheads all over leaving there shit all over the place maby the council should concentrait on getting that under controle before they start on travellers

Reply Posted by Nicola on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 10:04
Travellers on the broadway field have now gone. Great news for all local residence

Reply Posted by Jack on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 10:30
Well Sharnie, they dont hurt anybody do they? Thats why a group of them went into my local pub only last week and got the landlords pet dog, a really gentle pug, and threw it over the balcony. A drop of over 12 ft. They seriously hurt that poor dog and it was lucky to survive. The whole incident was captured on cctv.

Reply Posted by mustapha phag on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 17:22
I think your all a bit racist.
Ye who have no sin.
Wait while ye want some macadam on your drive.

Reply Posted by Missin a cat on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 18:52
Jack, im with you on this, sharnie, can you tell me why you think they dont hurt anyone? Im £500 out of pocket as the thieving scum knicked the catalytic converter off my jeep, how do i know its them? I have it on cctv!! They are low lifes

Reply Posted by grinds my gears on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 20:28
Is this the group that are now on the playing fields on rotherham road?

Reply Posted by anna on Sunday July 21 2013 at 18:04
they are the best people in the world,leave them alone.

Reply Posted by Dave on Saturday August 10 2013 at 21:12
Are you ******* stupid???

Reply Posted by gaz on Monday September 30 2013 at 10:26
...and they're back! making a mockery of the impotent council.

just one simple question.. how are they allowed to get away with this time after time when any other house dweller would no doubt end up being prosecuted or immediately moved on for the same behaviour!