Market Deeping

Council digs trench to keep out travellers

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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.