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Rugby Club Urges Councillors To Act

Thursday August 15 2013

A RUGBY club wants better defences to stop travellers from settling on its training field.

The pitch at Recreation Road in Wath has been inhabited by two separate groups of travellers over the last few weeks and the travellers' presence has stopped youngsters from being able to train.

Travellers claim that they accessed the site via a gate, which is usually locked, but they claim was open.

A group were removed just last week via an eviction notice but now a larger group and their horses are on the site.

"They're coming every year now and it's useless us getting worked up about it because there's nothing we can do," said Steve Corns, the rugby club's chairman. 

"This week it is a different family. I think last week's were a scouting party. All we can really do is appeal to the local councillors to try and get the field better protected."

The council-owned land is rented by the club for their under-16 and under-13 sides to train on but they're now having to use another pitch. Steve claims overuse of this pitch will result in it bein worn away.

The presence of the travellers could have repercussions throughout their next campaign, which starts next month.

"It's disruptive to us and our entire season," said Steve. "As soon as they've gone it needs to be cleaned up because usually there's a lot of litter and then we will have to use it.

"It's been happening for the last ten years now. It seems as though they're lawless."

Cllr Alan Atkin said the travellers were handed a notice to leave on Wednesday. He says they will look at better defences so access is not as easy.

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Reply Posted by Jayne on Thursday August 15 2013 at 09:48
It's not fair our kids have to train on this field they leave it in a right state n what impression does this give when we have visiting clubs coming to us we need this stopping now

Reply Posted by scumbags on Thursday August 15 2013 at 09:54
travellers think they own every land they stop at. get them out of south Yorkshire!! they have no respect for our community so why should we have respect for them?? move on and set up home some where else

Reply Posted by mrx on Thursday August 15 2013 at 09:58
atleast they have nice caravans and not shabby looking ones

Reply Posted by max on Thursday August 15 2013 at 10:16
that makes it ok does it? Oh you have a lovely clean nice caravan gypsy family, so feel free to drop by any time, any plot of land you fancy, because your caravan is so pleasing to the eye... oh n don't worry about the mess you leave, we'll pick up the tab for that, you just concentrate on keeping that lovely caravan of yours looking nice... After All, what a reputation you'd get if your caravans were in the same disgusting state as you leave the land you've just left. Cant have that now can we? Gypsy family..

Reply Posted by scumbags on Thursday August 15 2013 at 10:11
mrx they have nice caravans because they don't pay tax for the work they do, they don't send there children to school, they pinch from other people and they don't pay rent on the land they dump there caravans on.
if I didn have to pay my mortgage, send my kids to school, work with out getting a big amount taken for tax and pinch every thing I wanted, I would be loaded! just saying

Reply Posted by scumbags on Thursday August 15 2013 at 10:20
agreed max

Reply Posted by debbie on Thursday August 15 2013 at 10:30
Barnsley council are a joke.If it was on there doorstep I bet you some thing would be done right away.I understand they are in locke park aswel

Reply Posted by Jason Crawford on Thursday August 15 2013 at 10:47
the council should just move in with a bulldozer and get rid of them

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Thursday August 15 2013 at 13:38
Get Councillor Roy Miller to come round and park his gigantic Land Rover across the getway - kills 2 birds with one stone:
1. It put Mr Mouthpiece on site to justify the excuses for why the council does nothing.
2. Gives him an excuse to submit another expenses claim for mileage whilst also blocking the site.

Reply Posted by Stevo on Thursday August 15 2013 at 17:04
They leave a trail of disaster wherever they park their caravans, get an injunction and get them moved on.

Reply Posted by lol on Friday August 16 2013 at 18:34
stick flapper on sentry duty with a face like that heii scare um all off

Reply Posted by flapper on Friday August 16 2013 at 18:37

Reply Posted by karen on Sunday August 18 2013 at 19:45
This is in WATH and nothing to do with Barnsley Council. It is in Rotherham!

Reply Posted by mum on Sunday August 18 2013 at 20:05
Councils need to find somewhere for the traveller's to stay on. More sites are needed for them which will stop encampments on public fields. Yes some are rude and obnoxious but don't taint them all. We had them on our field not so long ago. Yes they left rubbish but we didn't have any problems from them.

Reply Posted by John on Sunday August 18 2013 at 22:13
Most are travellers of irish decent, not romany gypsies.. there is a big difference, but this is not the point..
I agree there should be land made available for travellers.. and permanently.. also there should be site fees chargeable for the amount of time they wish to stay.. to provide for rubbish clearance and fresh water, sanitation etc.
Travellers who do not wish to use the legal sites, and pay for it, are therefore using other land illegally, and there should be powers available to give notice immediately, and then after the deadline helped on their way by a bulldozer.

Reply Posted by drew on Sunday August 18 2013 at 22:22
Your sooooo right. When you see the mess they leave,its impossible to have sympathy for them. Well said john

Reply Posted by me on Sunday August 18 2013 at 22:50

Reply Posted by NIC on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 08:53
why would Barnsley be on its arse with out travellers FLIPPER? you talk absolute shite!! what the hell do they do for us apart from
nick our garden furniture
use our land
leave litter every where they go
ect ect ect

Reply Posted by Swampy on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 18:23
Tha forgot all scrap the nick art a folks gardins lad.
The stopped nickin it off a me when I put some sgarpened nails in mi fence n gate.

Reply Posted by flapper on Wednesday August 21 2013 at 09:48