Travellers ordered to leave Sheffield leisure centre car park tonight

Travellers who set up camp in the car park of a Sheffield leisure centre have been ordered to leave tonight.

Tuesday, 20th August 2019, 7:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st August 2019, 5:41 pm

Around six caravans arrived at Thorncliffe Health and Leisure Centre’s car park in High Green on Friday night, accompanied by vans and dozens of occupants.

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Residents claimed a number of fundraising events had to be cancelled following the move and complaints have been made that this is not the first time this has happened.

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Travellers set up camp in the car park of Thorncliffe Health & Leisure Centre. Picture: NSST-26-06-19-PackHorseLane-2

Officials from South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield City Council have visited the site today and served members of the travelling community with a notice to leave.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “We have visited the site and the travellers have been served a notice to leave the site by the council.

“They are due to leave by 6pm tonight.”

Thorncliffe Health & Leisure Centre. Picture Scott Merrylees

This latest incident comes after travellers appeared at the car park in June and were also ordered to leave.

One resident said: “Enough’s, enough and more needs to be done to stop this happening.”

The leisure centre opened in 2016 and is operated by Places for People Leisure (P4P) in partnership with Sheffield City Council.

A council spokesperson confirmed that officials visited the site along with police and added it is understood “P4P are putting steps in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

We have asked Places for People Leisure to comment and are waiting for a reply.