Judge's mind made up over fate of travellers living near former Sheffield Ski Village site

A judge has made his decision on whether Sheffield Council can legally evict travellers living near the city's former Ski Village site '“ but it won't be made public until March

Saturday, 22nd December 2018, 12:56 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 3:52 pm
Travellers' site at the former Sheffield Ski Village.

Judge Graham Robinson heard all of the evidence at Sheffield County Court earlier this year as the council seek full possession of land around the site, which is currently occupied by new age travellers.

Now, Coun Jim Steinke, Sheffield Council's cabinet member for communities and safer neighbourhoods, said Judge Robinson had made his decision.

Travellers' site at the former Sheffield Ski Village.

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Coun Steinke said: 'We are pleased that the judge has made a decision following the Parkwood court case and look forward to hearing his findings on March 5.'

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During the case, Emma Godfrey, representing Sheffield Council, said travellers had moved onto the site over the last few years '˜without consent'.

She told Judge Robinson that the council had made a decision in 2015 to '˜move forward' with legal proceedings to seek possession of land around Pickering Road.

Coun Jim Steinke, Sheffield Council's cabinet member for neighbourhoods and community safety.

Ms Godfrey said the council claimed it needed ownership of the land to deliver '˜a scheme for the benefit of the wider population of Sheffield. Proposals include new slopes and a lift for skiing, snowboard and sledding zones, a zip line, cycle tracks, a country park and an amphitheatre.

But Stephen Cottle, representing the travellers, claimed the council's decision was unlawful and that a certifcate to use the land for residential use had been obtained.