Travellers rubbish cleared up

The clean up costs of rubbish and human faeces left by travellers in Wetherby will cost around £600.

The travellers group, who were in Wetherby for less than a week, set up an illegal camp at Wetherby’s Mason Field and children’s play area before leaving last Tuesday.

Wetherby Town Council clerk Barbara Ball said the estimated cost of the clean up and damage at the site - owned by the town council- would be around around £600.

“The estimated cost of the clean up will be in the region of £500 to £600. The area was cleared up within a couple of hours and we were really pleased it was done as quickly as it was,” she added.

In his column to the News this week , Wetherby mayor and councillor Alan Lamb has praised those who were involved in the clean up.

He wrote: “The Wetherby community pulled together and worked to ensure the area was cleaned up as quickly as possible.

“Huge thanks must go to the police, the town council staff and the environmental services team for pulling out all the stops to resolve the situation.

“You also won’t be surprised to learn that a number of volunteers turned out of their own,” he added.