TRAVELLERS in 30 caravans have blocked a popular cycle path in Huddersfield.
And the group have also been blamed for leaving behind a trail of spoilt tarmacadam and rubbish after spending days at a Bradley business park.
The group descended on to the Bradley Road business park site last weekend.
They left on Sunday this week but moved only a mile to Bradley to the Huddersfield cycle path.
Now Kirklees Council officials are planning steps to move them on but it may take days.
Brian Hill, who lives just yards from the business park off Bradley Road, said he was shocked when the travellers arrived.
He added: "There were about 30 caravans there.
"They stayed during the week and then left at the weekend.
"They have left filth behind them including rubbish etc and this time they have left mounds of tarmacadam."
Caravans, cars and vans have now parked up on the cycle path area between Deighton Road and The Woodman pub in Bradley.
A procession of cars, vans and caravans made their way on to the site over the weekend.
One local resident, who declined to be named, said she feared repercussions if she spoke out or tried to move the group on.
She added: "Since this is a public leisure area and is normally blocked with gates I feel it is probably not the place they are supposed to be."
The Greenway runs from Bradley for two miles to Willow Lane at Birkby. It is used by walkers and cyclists.
Kirklees Council guidelines state that travellers cannot be moved from council land immediately.
The council must show that the travellers are on the land without consent and make inquiries regarding the travellers' general health, welfare and children's education.
They must also ensure that the Human Rights Acts 1998 has been fully complied with and then follow a set procedure in terms of proving ownership of land and details of the illegal encampment that will enable them to successfully obtain the necessary authority from the courts to order the travellers to leave the site.
A Highways spokesperson said: "Kirklees Highways are liaising with the police to identify a co-ordinated approach to the situation at Deighton to resolve it with minimal disruption."
* A conference examining the treatment of gypsies and travellers over the last 60 years was being held today.
Leading members of the communities were joining academics at the National Holocaust Centre in Newark, Nottinghamshire, to ask "Are these Britain's most demonised people?".
Organisers say delegates were looking at a range of issues, from the Holocaust to recent media coverage of controversial traveller camps.