Travellers set up camp on Wolverhampton park football pitch

Travellers have moved their caravans on to public parkland in Wolverhampton.

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The caravans parked at Fowlers Park in Wolverhampton.

Around 20 caravans pulled on to Fowlers Park in Park Village on Wednesday night.

The caravans, along with dozens of vehicles, were set up on a football pitch.

It was also reported that some members of the travelling community were riding motorbikes across the pitches.

Council officers and police visited the site today and ordered the group to move on by Monday – or face enforcement action.

One father of two, who did not wish to be named and lives near to Fowlers Park, said: “I looked out my window last night and I saw that they were there. The only noise I’ve heard is from motorbikes riding around the football pitches and the caravans. My concern is that there may be a large mess left once they decide to leave. That wouldn’t be nice because it is within close proximity to my house.”

Wolverhampton City Council said officials had spoken to the travellers yesterday. Council spokesman Paul Brown said: “Our officers went down to Fowlers Park to ascertain their intentions.”

Last month travellers who moved on to a council-owned car park in Bushbury left after they were threatened with legal action. Around 15 caravans parked up at the site in Showell Road, opposite the area’s new KFC. Council officers gave the travellers 24 hours to leave.

The same car park – frequented by Wolves fans on match days – was used by travellers in September last year.

It is believed that the group was the same convoy that moved on to a Stafford town centre car park a week earlier.

Last week it was revealed that revised proposals for a controversial gipsy caravan site in South Staffordshire were less ‘intense’ than the original plans.

A public inquiry was held into the plans for six caravans on Wolverhampton Road in Penkridge.

A decision will be made in the coming weeks.