Travellers' caravans spotted on Northampton park despite new wooden bollards installed this week

Travellers have moved onto Abington Park.
Travellers have moved onto Abington Park.

A traveller's encampment has been spotted on a Northampton park despite freshly-installed bollards by the borough council.

More than 10 caravans, motorhomes and accompanying vehicles have moved onto the football pitches of Abington Park Crescent.

These wooden bollards were installed this week by the borough council.

These wooden bollards were installed this week by the borough council.

It comes after workmen were seen installing rows of wooden bollards along the length of the street - but it seems the travellers have driven around them.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “An unauthorised encampment of Travellers in Abington Park, Northampton, has been served with a Section 77 direction to leave notice, today.

“This will give them until tomorrow to leave or face a court summons to appear before Magistrates on Friday.

“The encampment is made up of nine caravans and three motorhomes.”

The travellers appear to have driven around the bollards and through gaps.

The travellers appear to have driven around the bollards and through gaps.

The borough council installed similar wooden bollards on the Racecourse as a deterrent against vehicles driving onto the park.

Councillor Mike Hallam, cabinet member for environment, said: “As part of our commitment to make our green spaces safer places for families and visitors to enjoy, we have been installing wooden bollards around the outskirts of our parks in order to help prevent vehicular access which often cause damage to the grass and are a hazard to all park users.

“Work on installing the bollards around Abington Park, which is the last park in this programme of works, started last week and should be completed by the end of next week.”