THE leader of Portsmouth City Council says she hopes that a group of travellers who have settled in the city will be moved on by tomorrow.
Around five caravans and a horse box arrived in the car park off Alex Way, by Alexandra Park near the Mountbatten Centre in Stamshaw on Sunday.
The impact of travellers on local communities can be huge because they take over public local spaceDonna Jones, council leader
Portsmouth City Council has confirmed that it is working with the police to remove the group as soon as possible.
Councillor Donna Jones, leader of the authority, said: ‘They arrived in the last couple of days.
‘Our community wardens picked it up.
‘We were worried that they were going to go to another site but, from what I understand, they will be gone by the of the week.’
Cllr Jones said the arrival of travellers can prove extremely disruptive to residents as it means people are unable to use the area while they are there.
‘It’s a complete nightmare,’ she said.
‘The impact of travellers on local communities can be huge because they take over public local space.
‘Alexandra Park is a well-used public sports recreation facility at the centre of the city which is used by young and old alike.
‘Having travellers on that site is a huge inconvenience, not to mention the damage which is then caused after they have left.
‘I will be doing everything I can to make sure that they are moved out and gone by the end of this week.’
Cllr Jones said the travellers will be handed an eviction notice by the courts today and they will have 24 hours to leave the site.
It is therefore expected that they will be gone by tomorrow.
Hampshire police said officers were called to the site on Sunday at about 4pm.
They have been assessing the situation to see if they are causing any issues for local residents
They say they are continuing to monitor the situation while the travellers remain on the site.