Trav­ellers camp out at car park

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

A GROUP of trav­ellers have been served a no­tice to quit the site of a town cen­tre car park.

Thir­teen car­a­vans and a num­ber of tran­sit vans ar­rived at Christ Church car park on Great King’s Street on Sun­day.

They were still at the site as the Ex­press went to press on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Coun­cil bosses said they had is­sued a no­tice for them to quit the site by 5pm. The car park is owned by Cheshire East Coun­cil and has 90 spa­ces. A spokesman said: “A group of trav­ellers on Christ Church car park in Mac­cles­field have been served with a no­tice to quit by 5pm to­day.

“If they have not left the lo­ca­tion by that time we will move for­ward with the le­gal process to secure pos­ses­sion of the site.”

Cheshire Po­lice said they were “aware of the sit­u­a­tion”.

Some res­i­dents took to so­cial me­dia to com­plain.

A wit­ness said the group’s ar­rival was pre­vent­ing any­one else from park­ing there.

The coun­cil has the pow­ers to evict trav­ellers camped on coun­cilowned land but must first go to a court for an or­der, which can take up to two weeks.

●● The trav­ellers on Christ Church car park

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