TRAVELLERS have returned to Leeds Road.
Caravans and vehicles have camped in a corner of Leeds Road Retail Park car park.
The travellers arrived on the site on Sunday morning, according to local sources, and left in the afternoon before returning on Monday.
The Examiner visited the site yesterday to find seven caravans, a van, an estate car, several dogs and a kennel.
The private car park, which is run by Sheffield-based company Excel Parking, is used by customers for Argos, SCS Furniture, B&Q and other shops on the retail park.
Leeds Road has been a frequent camp site for travelling communities.
In August 2005 travellers left Leeds Road Playing Fields leaving a mess and thousands of pounds worth of damage to the sports pitch.
Travellers returned to the site in June 2006 and were evicted before they returned a month later.
In July 2007 travellers camped on the main car park of Leeds Road Playing Fields.
Reinwood recreation ground was occupied by travellers in May 2008 as was the former site of Midlothian garage at New Mill in August 2008.
One worker on Leeds Road Retail Park said: “Travellers are always here. They were just over the road a few weeks ago. They’ll get moved on.”
Martyn Attwood, technical director of Excel Parking, said: “We have to go through due process. The responsibility is with the land agents. All we can do in the interim is monitor the situation.
“If things get out of hand there’s not much we can do except call the police.
“These people know the limitations of the law and we have to deal with them as such.
“We just have to abide by the limitations of the law.”
He added the company would be unlikely to issue the travellers with parking tickets for staying in the car park longer than the maximum 90 minutes.
Mr Attwood said: “We would give them a ticket but I don’t think it will get much of a result.”