More travellers have arrived in Salendine Nook turning a council football pitch into an illegal campsite.

Up to 20 caravans are now pitched up on the playing fields in Celandine Avenue, off New Hey Road.

Kirklees Council has obtained an eviction order from Huddersfield County Court – but it is not due to be served until Monday, leaving local residents and businesses furious.

Bailiffs, backed by police, are expected on Monday afternoon, unless the travellers move on first.

The travellers have been on the site – which includes a children’s playground – for almost two weeks.

Most of the caravans are parked around the edge of the field but at least three have now camped on the pitch, home to Lindley FC first team and Mount FC seconds.

Ironically, Lindley FC moved from Heatherleigh Recreation Ground in Lindley Moor Road after travellers broke into the site there last year.

There are deep tyre tracks criss-crossing the pitch at Celandine Avenue and Lindley’s first game of the season against Dram Community FC of Dalton on Wednesday had to be moved.

Travellers have camped on the football pitch at Celandine Avenue playing fields in Salendine Nook
Travellers have camped on the football pitch at Celandine Avenue playing fields in Salendine Nook.
 

Travellers appear to have smashed open the metal barrier gates and Richard Goude, secretary of Lindley FC, said: “Both gates have been broken and they are trespassing.

“We hope they don’t do too much damage.”

Residents are angry that the travellers haven’t been moved on and a Salendine Nook man, who asked not to be named, told how more caravans and vehicles turned up on Thursday night.

“It’s a real problem,” he said. “People living close to the fields said it was very noisy and boisterous.

“There were more than 20 caravans at one point and people are angry that the eviction notice hasn’t been served.

“We are told it will be Monday but there will be a big cost with court orders, bailiffs and the clean-up which will have to be done.”

This week travellers left part of the Bradley Birkby Greenway, off Leeds Road, Deighton, after five days leaving behind sacks of rubbish and waste scattered in the undergrowth.

In the past Kirklees Council has spent up to £150,000 a year on costs associated with travellers.

An Examiner reporter visited the Celandine Avenue fields and found the gates smashed open and rubbish piled up next to a litterbin.

He watched as vehicles repeatedly came and went. One man in a white 4x4 vehicle stopped and got out, confronting the reporter as he stood on the pavement.

The stocky man, who spoke with a heavy Irish accent, demanded the reporter delete a photograph of him and made repeated verbal and physical threats.

“I will punch you where you stand,” he said.

The reporter was forced to leave.