Traveller numbers double at illegal camp on Derby park

Residents living near a Derby park have expressed concern regarding its safety after dozens more travellers pitched up.

Around 40 caravans and possibly more can be seen at Elvaston Lane Recreation Ground, in Alvaston, after almost 20 were seen on Monday (July 26) following their arrival on Sunday night.

The park is also known locally as Nashers Field and is run and managed by Derby City Council.

Residents living near to the park say there are so many travellers there that it is impossible for youngsters and adults to enjoy the park during the first week of the school summer holidays.

A police van could be seen parked at the scene on Tuesday.

One resident claims he could see van drivers spinning their vehicles on the grass on Tuesday night.

The resident said the park was “unusable” for families.

Another resident told the Local Democracy Reporter Service that youngsters can’t go out and play football on it due to the number of caravans at the site.

There are around 40 caravans on the public park
(Image: Derbyshire Live)

She said: “I’m very concerned. It’s not a caravan park, it’s a public park. One young lad I know wants to play football on it but can’t because of the caravans there.

“I’ve called police three times. I think there’s more than 40 vehicles here and they just keep coming in. It needs sorting.

“I think on the other side of the park there is excrement.”

Local councillor Alan Graves said earlier this week he was concerned by the travellers’ arrival – just weeks after another group first entered the park.

A spokesperson for Derby City Council said: “The council are aware of travellers on Elvaston Lane (Nashers Park).

“We continue to work alongside Derbyshire Constabulary and other partners in managing the situation, and we are taking action in line with policy and procedures.”

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Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News