travellers on Barony Park, July 2018

Cheshire East Council enforcement teams are dealing with another illegal traveller encampment on Barony Park in Nantwich.

The travellers arrived yesterday afternoon (July 6), three weeks after a previous group left following a week-long stay on the park and nearby Volunteer Fields which involved two court applications.

Nantwich Police have told residents today that “with regards to the unauthorised encampment on Barony Park, Cheshire East is aware and is going through the legal process for its removal”.

But once again residents have voiced their anger at the encampment following reports from previous ones of intimidating behaviour, vandalism, indecency, noise and rubbish.

Andrew Sherratt tweeted: “It’s an absolute joke, Nantwich is just becoming a free caravan site for travellers who leave a mess and damage the park & trees!

“Absolutely sick of it & how @PoliceNantwich @NantwichTC & @CheshireEast can do nothing about it.”

And Chris Johnson said: “Maybe the park should set some barriers/fences to stop such caravans camping there. This is no a camping site!

“I can’t even take my children there to play as the travellers’ kids have take over the ground. I’ve heard a number of mums complaining that they are very abusive towards their children.”

But others have defended the travellers and urged residents to leave them alone as they do no harm

Cheshire East and town councillors say they have discussed and considered options to prevent access to the park by travellers, but were all deemed too expensive or too damaging to the site.

In a statement after the previous encampment, a CEC spokesman said:  “The council held a number of meetings with community groups, residents, police and councillors last year and a number of ideas for preventing future incursions onto Barony Park were explored.

“It was found that the options suggested would have a detrimental impact on the visual amenity of the park or would be far too costly to introduce.

“Wherever unauthorised traveller sites emerge, including the most recent camp in Wilmslow, the council will act swiftly and robustly to use its powers under the law to force the travellers to leave.

“The council is currently seeking a court order for the travellers occupying the council-owned car park in Wilmslow, to move on.”

The Government is currently undertaking a national consultation on how to deal with illegal encampments.

You can find out more about this, here.

travellers encampment on Barony Park in Nantwich

(pics courtesy of readers)


  1. dabber don says:

    has anybody checked them for tax and insurance drugs or firearms,are all their dogs microchipped or perhaps the illegal use of red diesel because if I did any of the above my car would be impounded and I would be arrested.that’s what you get for being a tax paying citizen.

    • I think we all know the answer to that. The police consider it a waste of time as without an address there is next to no chance they will ever end up in court.

  2. Dr. DooLittle says:

    Well, once again the gypsies pull up at will and park where they like. The council then start the legal process, which essentially tells the gypsies they have at least a week before they need to get gone.

    Just how hard can it be to write a bye-law to stop illegal encampments on the land? 6 hours notice to be gone, or the vehicles are impounded and only released for a fee plus the cost of the clean-up. I’ll write it if you like.

    Come on councillors, time to grow a pair.

  3. Tedhughes says:

    Here we go again, complaining, yet you as locals expect others to deal with it every time.
    All going on our council tax, wonderful.
    When they have left, ring fence the area with residents cars, borrow a few tractors and lorries.
    Would be good to see no parked cars on the Rd at Barony.
    Get proactive, stop moaning.

    • Agree about the moaning Ted, but if residents did act the Police would arrest them and the Council would also act. Best way is to vote the Councillors out and keep pressure on Cheshire East Chief Exec who is a public servant.

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