Campaigners are to apply for a court order to remove a group of travellers that have been staying at Upton Meadow for nearly a week.
Upton Meadow is managed by the Woodland Trust as it is on a 99-year lease from Wirral Council. The Woodland Trust have agreed to use the Council as ‘agents,’ meaning they can act on their behalf. A court order is being applied for today and if accepted a short legal process has to follow and removal would take days, NOT weeks as some have been suggesting.
We have a guarantee from the Woodland Trust that they will clean the site as soon as practicable once they have been removed and concrete bollards will soon be placed to the entrance of Upton Meadow to help prevent any further unauthorised access.
However, since more than 20 vehicles moved onto the site on Thursday police have been repeatedly called out to the area after concerns from residents.
The site has been strewn with rubbish and litter and regular visitors to the Meadow have been intimidated by drunken and abusive behaviour.
Conservative ward councillor Wendy Clements told the Wirral Globe: “Upton Meadow is a well-loved local amenity.
“The behaviour of those living in the vehicles since Thursday is totally unacceptable.
“We’ve been working with the Woodland Trust and they have today been granted permission by the Court to apply for an order tomorrow to have this encampment removed, ideally within the next 48 hours.
“The clean-up operation will then get underway, using the council’s contractors, and paid for by the Trust.
“We then need to secure the site to prevent this kind of thing from happening again.
“Upton Meadow is there to be enjoyed by everyone in Wirral, not spoiled by temporary visitors who couldn’t care less about the wider community.”