Travellers set up on Eastbourne playing field

Travellers at Westlords. Photo by Dan Jessup. SUS-181009-150805001
Travellers at Westlords. Photo by Dan Jessup. SUS-181009-150805001

Travellers have moved into an Eastbourne playing field.

Four cars with caravans are parked in Westlords playing field, off Willingdon Road. They moved into the site on Saturday night (September 8).

Travellers at Westlords. Photo by Dan Jessup. SUS-181009-150829001

Travellers at Westlords. Photo by Dan Jessup. SUS-181009-150829001

A local resident told the Herald that youngsters had arrived to play football on the field on Sunday morning, but they had to ‘turn around and go home’.

Police and Eastbourne Borough Council attended the scene over the weekend.

The council has pinned a ‘notice of direction to leave’ on the field’s gate but tells the group they must leave by 11am on Tuesday.

An Eastbourne Borough Council spokesperson added, “Four caravans and four vehicles arrived at Westlords Sports Ground, off Willingdon Road, Eastbourne, on Saturday (September 8).

“We have visited the site and issued a notice giving them until 11am tomorrow (Tuesday) to leave when they will be given the option of going to East Sussex County Council’s dedicated transit site at Bridies Tan, near Lewes.”