Travellers pitch up at Fareham Leisure Centre

TRAVELLERS have been ordered to leave the grounds of a leisure centre after a seven-strong fleet of vehicles pitched up.

Three campervans, three cars and one caravan arrived at Fareham Leisure Centre yesterday at 5.15pm.

Travellers at Fareham Leisure Centre on August 20

Travellers at Fareham Leisure Centre on August 20

Staff at the centre alerted Fareham Borough Council.

The authority has served the travellers notice to leave the site.

Its leader, Councillor Sean Woodward, said: 'They have been told to leave by the council and an enforcement team will be on-site this morning.

‘They were given a letter last night saying they have to leave.

Travellers at Fareham Leisure Centre on August 20

Travellers at Fareham Leisure Centre on August 20

‘This is a continual problem because the government has failed to make trespassing a criminal offence.’

He added: ‘We’re having to go through the same old rigmarole – serving letters and potentially going to court.

‘And after all that, there’s the appalling mess left behind afterwards.’

Retired businessman Michael Zeffertt, 74, who lives on Colenso Road opposite the leisure centre, said: ‘I go walking in the park every day. I went down this morning and noticed the travellers had pitched up.

‘This has been going on for some years, they usually arrive around the time of the Wickham Horse Fair. 

‘I recently had a heart operation and I need to keep active. I use the park for my walk. Usually two laps around the park is enough.

‘But now I will have to avoid the park and I shouldn't have to do that.’