Travellers set up camp on Sleaford’s Boston Road Recreation Ground

One of the two traveller caravans that have set up on Boston Road Recreation Ground in Sleaford. EMN-150520-215755001

One of the two traveller caravans that have set up on Boston Road Recreation Ground in Sleaford. EMN-150520-215755001

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Two traveller caravans have moved onto Sleaford’s Boston Road Recreation Ground.

A local resident raised the matter at tonight’s (Wednesday’s) Sleaford Town Council annual meeting, when she challenged members to explain why the travellers had been allowed onto the field.

“Are the gates not locked up any more,” she asked.

Project lead at the council Kevin Martin explained it was just one of those things as the gates had merely been left open after the fair left for the grass cutting machines to arrive and a couple of traveller caravans had been “opportunistic”.

He added: “I have visited them today and asked them about their intentions and they tell me they will be there for one to two days at most. I have asked them about their health and welfare needs and have been in touch with the county traveller liaison and police advisers.”

He said he could not now lock the gates as that would be committing a criminal offence, but he said the agencies were aware and the travellers had even been supplied with bin bags to help keep the area tidy.

Outgoing chairman of the council, Coun Keith Dolby said: “Those gates are old and have been a problem for some time. We have ordered new ones and were hoping for them to be installed in time for the fair but they will be installed in the near future.”