Travelers hang out laundry in Pickering Park as eviction deadline draws near
Eviction day looms for travelers who are currently calling a park in West Hull home – but with laundry lying around the goalposts there appears to be little sign they are packing .
Travelers were given legal notice to leave Pickering Park on Thursday, with a court hearing scheduled for Monday after Hull City Council took enforcement action.
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It is believed that they will be forced to leave that day. But often, as seen on other sites, travelers tend to leave the night before legal action is taken, which could see them riding sticks on Sunday night.
Meanwhile, the goal posts are used as makeshift clotheslines to dry a range of clothes and rugs. Camping chairs and personal effects are also strewn around the park, suggesting no imminent departure.
Residents of the area were shocked when the camp moved late on the evening of Sunday, June 20.
Police began to receive reports from affected residents at around 9:10 pm that “a number of caravans” had arrived.
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It is estimated that around 90 caravans are currently scattered around the children’s play park, which has been off-limits to dog walkers and youth football teams since the travelers settled in.
One resident who was not happy with her new neighbors was Vinnie Sykes, from West Grove, who lives in a house next to the field and said: “It’s a nightmare, my house is next to the field where they are. find.
“They have quads that they ride on at night, they sometimes run over them even when they have children on them and that terrifies the wildlife.
“I haven’t had any issues myself, they tend to keep dog walkers away from the park and families with kids as well.
“We feel hopeless, it’s a hopeless situation, I think most of the people here feel the same.”
Other residents have recounted how travelers wearing high-visibility vests and driving work vans were seen coming and going from the site, with several reports of men cold calling houses offering to trim hedges and perform gardening work.
One posted: ‘I had a man with an Irish accent call this afternoon to say he works in the area (Hessle) and I wanted my training jet to wash .
Another woman said: “They came to my door yesterday and wanted £ 150 to clean my facade. I said ‘no thanks’.”
It is a criminal offense if travelers do not travel within the allotted time, or return to the same site within three months.
This can result in a fine or jail time if convicted. Police also have the right to tow vehicles, which will then be destroyed if not claimed within 21 days.