Council’s £13k fight to move travellers

MOVING ON: The council has secured another eviction order against travellers pitching up in the Spen Valley.
MOVING ON: The council has secured another eviction order against travellers pitching up in the Spen Valley.
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A clean-up operation is under way after two dozen travellers’ caravans pitched up in Hightown.

Bailiffs were due to turn them off the land on Hightown Road at around 2pm yesterday, after Kirklees Council secured an eviction order against them on Wednesday.

But they left the site yesterday morning and moved on to the Sands Lane playing fields, in Dewsbury.

This is the second time in a matter of weeks that the council has had to pay more than £1,000 in court fees to evict groups of travellers from the valley.

Altogether the council has spent more than £13,000 evicting travellers from its land in the past year.

* Read the full story in this week’s Spenborough Guardian.