Travellers have stood firm on an ‘unauthorised’ camp in Blacon beyond a deadline to leave.

Now Cheshire West and Chester Council, who own the land off Shelley Road, must go through the courts to seek an eviction order.

A convoy of seven caravans plus accompanying cars and horseboxes arrived on Sunday (August 7).

CWaC senior Gypsy and Traveller liaison officer Kyler Ashcroft said the council conducted an assessment of the camp the following day before a legal notice was served.

This gave the Travellers a deadline to leave by 2pm on Tuesday, but they have failed to move on.

A group of Travellers have set up a camp off Shelley Road in Blacon

A CWaC spokesman said there would be an eviction order hearing at Chester Magistrates Court on Thursday morning.

The group have brought with them four horses which could be seen grazing on the green space.

Soon after the Travellers arrived, concerned residents contacted the Chronicle to express their concerns.

One woman was worried about a royal plaque which lies on the site, while others were anxious for the welfare of the animals.

Unlike neighbouring authority Halton Council, CWaC does not have a transit site to which the Travellers can be directed.

Travellers evicted from Westminster Park in Chester

A 16-caravan convoy had to be evicted, with help from the police, from a playing field at Westminster Park in Chester last month.

A Cheshire police spokesman said the issue was currently a civil matter and the force would not be getting involved at this stage.

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