TACKLING illegal Traveller encampments in Ellesmere Port has cost Council Tax-payers at least £85,500 in the last two years.
Since 2005 the borough council has dealt with 57 camps and spent around £1,500 of public money on each. Costs go on things like court action and site inspections.
But sometimes the borough has been forced to spend much more to clean up after they have been vacated by Travellers.
One example is last May when the council dug ditches around the public recreation ground at the Old Reservoir beauty spot in Ince and ploughed up all flat areas at a cost of £5,000 after it was trashed by Travellers.
More recently, Travellers have been in Whitby Park twice, near West Cheshire College and, on Thursday, moved on to the council car park opposite the Boat Museum.
Council deputy chief executive Brenda Harvey said: 'We have a responsibility to all our residents to keep the borough neat and tidy.
'We clear up the site of every encampment on our land as soon as the Travellers have left. We also incur costs in the process of moving the Travellers on.
'In the past two years the borough council has dealt with 57 encampments and has spent an average of around £1,500 per site.
'However, in addition to this, in some cases we have had to spend larger sums to return the site to a good condition.'
Yesterday (Tuesday) the Travellers near the Boat Museum were served with a letter giving them 48 hours to vacate the site. They are expected to be gone by Thursday.
A nearby resident said: 'They arrived on Thursday at 7.15pm, and moved on to the site over the old historic canal bridge.
'Police were there at the time and yet the Travellers are still there now.'
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