Travellers leave excrement behind as they vacate site in Mirfield

People in Mirfield face an unsavoury clean-up after travellers set up camp next to school playing fields and houses.

Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 4:30 pm
Rubbish left behind by travellers who camped near playing fields in Mirfield
Rubbish left behind by travellers who camped near playing fields in Mirfield

The group vacated the site off Kitson Hill Road after three days but left behind bags of rubbish and waste – including human excrement.

Locals had previously reported that excrement had been found in hedgerows.

Traveller groups cannot be evicted without a court order.

That action would normally be taken by Kirklees Council. However, the fields at Kitson Hall Road belong to the Mirfield Free Grammar, which is not a local authority school.

That means the school faces the responsibility of tidying up the land, and of removing the waste.

Local councillor Martyn Bolt (Con, Mirfield) had invited the newly-elected Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, to use her powers “to swiftly recover the land for the school and community”.

In the event, her intervention was not required.

However, Coun Bolt said: “Once again our community faces the cost and disruption of cleaning up human waste after an illegal encampment.

“In this case the Mirfield Free Grammar will be the ones having to employ specialists to make the area safe for students again.”