Travellers camp on Leeds landmark

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Travellers have set up camp on land next to one of the busiest road routes in Leeds.

Around a dozen caravans were yesterday (Thursday) parked on green space at the bottom of Wellington Road, next to the Armley gyratory.

A spokeswoman for Leeds City Council told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “This is an illegal encampment and we are taking the necessary steps to get it removed.”

The Wellington Road site was also occupied by travellers for part of last summer.

Other areas that have suffered recent problems with unauthorised camps include Glebelands recreation ground and Ash Lane playing field, both in Garforth, and the Mount Pleasant picnic spot in Swillington.

Leeds Gate (Gypsy And Traveller Exchange) has said the camps highlight the need for more official sites for travellers.

The city is home to one permanent traveller site, at Cottingley Springs. The council’s website says it is “full and has a long waiting list”.

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