Overnight a large number of travellers gained access and set up camp in Alyn Waters in Llay.
UPDATE: Wrexham Council this morning has said “The encampment is an unauthorised encroachment on to our land but it is not illegal for somebody to do this. However, given the scale of the encroachment we are hoping to take early legal action to remedy the issue.”
We have also spoken to North Wales Police who have said they are aware of the situation. At around 9:10 last night the police had a number of calls informing them that a number of caravans had moved onto the site at Alyn Waters.
Wrexham.com popped down this afternoon, and the site is not actually on the pitches but they are close by and appear to have been driven over.
Several local people were in and around the area walking dogs, and chatting to a few of them they did not seem that bothered.
We spoke to someone from Alyn Waters who told us they believe three ‘groups’ left around 2pm and the Rangers said they would like to get the issue resolved as soon as possible.
There have been varying reports on how many caravans are on the site, with some people telling us there are ten and others saying there is up to 20.
Story from this morning…
Around 10:00pm last night night a group of travellers accessed the park and allegedly set up on the nearby football pitches. By 10:20 over 20 cars, vans and caravans were camped on the football pitches. Llay Youth FC tweeted us the above picture this morning.
The football pitches, which are often used by by Llay FC, provide football training to over 150 five to 14 year olds every week. Over the past few weeks the pitches have been marked out in preparation for a number of upcoming friendly matches.
However concerns are now being raised over the condition of the pitch, and what impact the lorries and caravans may have had on the grass.
One resident told us: “We just hope that Wrexham council and North Wales police get them moved, as the club have no where else to play.
“We were stopped using other pitches in Llay. We are now left with one pitch for 16 teams and we can not even use that one on a Sunday morning as the council rents it out to teams out of the village for Sunday league football.
“Even when the council and police eventually get them out, what damage is going to be left
“It could be months before we could get it playable again, and all the time children are suffering.”