January 16, 2019 9.19 am This story is over 32 months old

Council digs trench to keep out travellers

Travellers have used chainsaws to cut through wooden fences at this park

A local council has been busy digging a trench to keep travellers out of their “lovely” park.

South Kesteven District Council has long battled to keep their park on Tattershall Drive free, but travellers have always found a way back on.

The council says that travellers even used a chainsaw in August 2018 to cut through a wooden fence they had installed in Market Deeping.

Now after a petition from over 400 people, residents and the council cleared the park and wanted to create a “permanent solution” to their traveller problem.

Workers have been busy digging trenches.

Councillor Dr Peter Moseley said: “This land is for the benefit of residents and should be kept that way. It’s a lovely park.

“[Residents] didn’t want boulders and this option of creating a landscaped trench provides a natural barrier. It has taken time but we wanted to get this right for people, plant and animal life.”

As part of the move, they are adding a wildflower see mix to the trench to improve biodiversity in the area.

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