Call for more sites to cope with travellers

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Community leaders are calling for extra official gypsy sites to be created as a matter of priority following the latest encampment of travellers near Heath Common.

Around eight caravans set up illegally along Kirkthorpe Lane, between Heath and Warmfield, last week.

Most of the travellers have since left following talks with police and Wakefield Council officials, but two caravans remain on the site.

The council is now seeking legal action to remove them, but it has to wait until Tuesday, before it can gain a possession order through the courts.

Warmfield-Cum-Heath Parish Council said it received complaints from concerned families and bags of rubbish were left at the roadside.

A spokesman for the parish council said: “It is a constant problem across the Five Towns area. They have got to go somewhere, it is just a matter of where. As a parish council our main concern is about hygiene.

“The travellers are here to stay, so we need more pitches and then everyone is happy.”

There is currently a waiting list for pitches at Heath Common Caravan Park and Wakefield Council has identified a need for extra pitches across the district following an assessment.

A council spokeswoman said work was underway to identify suitable land to provide new accommodation, but “no decisions have yet been made”.