Travellers ordered to leave North Staffordshire beauty spot

Travellers have been ordered to leave a North Staffordshire beauty spot. Caravans turned up on part of Wolstanton Marsh yesterday afternoon (May 9).

Today council officials have handed the families an 'initial notice to leave the site'. It represents the second time in a week where caravans have pulled up on Newcastle green space.

StokeonTrentLive reported how a camp was set up on Crackley Fields, in Crackley, on Bank Holiday Monday. Both Staffordshire Police and Newcastle Borough Council attended with the local authority again dishing out a notice instructing them to leave.

The same process has now been followed at Wolstanton Marsh. In July last year and around 15 caravans were on the marsh.

This time around and it is just a handful on the patch off Southlands Avenue there today.

Councillor David Hutchison, cabinet member for sustainable environment, visited Wolstanton Marsh this morning.

He said: “We have acted immediately to serve the travellers with an initial notice to leave the site and if they do not move within 24 hours, we will take further action in line with the prescribed legal procedure we have to follow.”

Staffordshire Police were notified of the encampment just before 5pm yesterday (May 9).

A police spokesman said: "We are working alongside the local authority to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum."

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