A TRAVELLER living on Lindley Moor in a caravan has been ordered to move on.
An eviction hearing was held yesterday at Huddersfield County Court.
And Rodney Butterworth, 43, of no fixed abode, must leave the land owned by Kirklees Council by October 1.
Mr Butterworth said he had been homeless and was camping on the site while he awaited a benefit claim.
Council officials had been to see Mr Butterworth after complaints from local residents.
On a second council visit on September 19, Mr Butterworth said he was unable to move because his car was not roadworthy because his benefit claim had not been resolved.
A council investigation found Mr Butterworth had not contacted Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH).
At the hearing yesterday, Mr Butterworth claimed he had been unable to visit the KNH offices because he could not afford to travel into Huddersfield.
He said his car was being repaired and would be able to move by October 1.
Miss Shanaz Anwar, for Kirklees Council, said Mr Barraclough had been given sufficient time to resolve the issue.
District Judge Robin Barraclough said: “I will give you the benefit of the doubt that your car is being repaired and give you the weekend to sort this matter.”
Lindley Moor was bought by the former Huddersfield Corporation in 1897.
The 16-acre site, boasting spectacular views of Calderdale, was bought from Martha Aspinall, widow of Brighouse businessman Kaye Aspinall, for the princely sum of £510.
The deal was brokered by Clr Thomas Moore, a wealthy wool merchant, and he later gave the land to the town on the proviso it would be forever an open space.