Tournament back on as travellers leave Fareham site

CAMP The travellers
CAMP The travellers
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HUNDREDS of youngsters should be able to enjoy their football tournament after travellers left a sports field.

The land at Cams Alders is leased by Fareham Town Football Club, but Fareham Borough Council has agreed to foot the bill for the clean-up operation.

And a six-a-side tournament planned for June 30 and July 1 is now expected to go ahead.

Council officers have cleared about a tonne of builders rubble from the site, along with a transit-load of filled black bin bags since the travellers left late on Wednesday.

The council also removed an empty gas canister and have replaced a set of three dragon’s teeth bollards which had been removed.

The removal of the rubbish and replacement of the bollards has cost Fareham Borough Council about £300.

Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of the council, said: ‘I’m really pleased the travellers have moved off the site.

‘Fareham Borough Council are working with the football club to ensure the clean-up process is done as quickly as possible so that the pitches are reinstated as fit for purpose, and the youth tournament can go ahead as planned.’

Club chairman Nick Ralls thanked the council and added: ‘This is greatly appreciated by all the club officials and also by the 800-plus young players that will be attending the tournament.’