A group of Travellers this week (31 October 2017) established an informal encampment on Hunslet Moor at the bottom end of Dewsbury Road. The all-age encampment – made up of 14 caravans – has raised concerns locally, but is in good order at the time of writing.
Local residents have expressed misgivings including allegations that the group forced entry onto the park, and about flytipping. But others have spoken with the Travellers, and expressed support for them – as long as their impact on the park and local area is minimal.
A spokesperson for Leeds City Council confirmed that they have visited the camp, and commented:
“We are following due process, and waiting for a court date. To date, we have not received any complaints – however, as the area does see a heavy footfall of local people, we need to progress with action accordingly. The site will be monitored by ourselves, West Yorkshire Police, and waste collections.”
For more about Travellers, read last year’s South Leeds Life feature article here. For more info on and contact details for the Leeds Travellers Service, who manage both authorised and non-authorised encampments in the city, click here. For more on the small local ‘Friends of Hunslet Moor’ group, including how to get involved with the management of the park, click here.