Update: Bretton Water Park shut due to nearby travellers

Travellers at Bretton Park
Travellers at Bretton Park
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Bretton Water Park has been forced to shut for the second time in a couple of months due to travellers.

A group of four caravans and two motor homes are believed to have moved on to Bretton Park on Saturday where they currently reside.

Peterborough City Council is currently investigating how the travellers breached the defences to move on to the site.

No details are yet available for what these defences are, or how much they cost, but a council spokesman said: “Health and welfare assessments were carried out this morning [Monday, August 10) and we are working to evict the travellers from the site as soon as we can.

“Given the group’s close proximity to the water park we have taken the decision to close the facility until they have moved on.

“Once they have, we will clean the site and re-open the water park.”

The water park was also forced to shut in June due to the close proximity of travellers.

It only opened again after the travellers were evicted by the council from land in Bretton.

They left behind excrement which had to be cleared up.

Emergency Stopping Places for travellers have been used just three times since being agreed last September by the council’s cabinet.

It costs Peterborough City Council around £100,000 each year to manage and evict unauthorised encampments with costs including court fees, bailiffs and clearing up.