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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Communities meet to resolve Travellers’ use of Barony Park


A cross-party working group of community members has met to resolve concerns over the use of Barony Park in Nantwich as a transit site.

A partnership of councillors from all parties and officers from Cheshire East and Nantwich Town Council, together with Cheshire police officers and residents’ representatives, met recently to address the issue of travellers setting up encampments on Barony Park.

Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for finance and communities, said: “All partners are aware of this matter and how it impacts on local communities and are working together to explore possible solutions.

“At the meeting, the council and partners demonstrated their commitment to working with local people to address the public’s concerns.

“Cheshire East Council has established a working group with partners including the police, Everybody Sport and Recreation, and the local authority’s wholly-owned company Ansa, who are investigating options regarding the most appropriate precautions to be taken on Barony Field.”

Once these options have been investigated, Cheshire East will then consult with local residents to gain their views on the proposals.

Cllr Bates added: “As part of this process it was good to engage with the residents on this very emotive issue.”

If you wish to report any instances of illegal encampment please contact the council on 0300 123 5500.  For further information about gypsies and travellers visit the council web page at: http://bit.ly/2t2lsaI

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