St Annes Town Councillor Joanne Gardner writes:
"After 5 days of encampment, the Travellers have finally left the fields on Blackpool Road North.
As advised in my updates on the Friends of Blackpool Road North Playing Fields Facebook page, Fylde Borough Council had asked residents to report any instances of anti-social behaviour to the police via 101, and it is understood that this information was used in court when the Travellers fought the eviction order. Ultimately the court found in favour of Fylde Borough Council and the Travellers were given 24 hours to vacate the site."
Fylde Borough Council have now visited the site to clear up the rubbish left, and are now discussing additional security for the fields."
Thank you once again to all those residents who helped with this process and for your patience and understanding over the last week."
As you may already be aware, a group of Travellers have again made an unauthorised encampment on the Blackpool Road North Playing Field.
St Annes Town Councillor Joanne Gardner has been in touch with Fylde Borough Council and has been informed today (Tuesday 18th May) that the statutory Welfare Assessment has been completed and, based on the impact on the local community, a decision to evict has been made.
The Direction to Leave was issued for 4pm today but the Travellers failed to leave, and consequently a summons for a hearing at 10am on Thursday has been made.
The summons will be issued to the Travellers tomorrow (Wednesday 19th May) and if the court finds in favour of Fylde Borough Council, then the Travellers will be given 24 hours to leave.
We will keep you updated as this situation develops.