The Gypsy and Traveller families who live at Green Meadows Chalet Park on Towers Lane, Alvanley , are appealing against an enforcement notice issued by Cheshire West and Chester Council for them to vacate the site by December, arguing they haven’t been given enough time.

After their planning application for the permanent occupation of the site - where they have lived since 2007 - was refused, the families were issued with an enforcement notice to cease the residential use of the site by December 1 and to clear it completely by December 22, in sync with the permanent sites for Gypsies and Travellers in Winsford and Ellesmere Port becoming available in November.

A spokesperson for Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “We can confirm that two appeals have been lodged in respect of this site.

“One appeal is against the refusal of the planning application and the other is against  the enforcement notice which we have issued for them to  cease use of the site, on the grounds that we have not given them enough time to comply.

“The appeals have been combined to form a joint appeal and will be heard by the Planning Inspectorate later this year.”

Cheshire West and Chester Council planners refused planning permission due to the site’s location within the North Cheshire Green Belt and because very special circumstances were not demonstrated to clearly outweigh the harm caused to the green belt by such a development.