Illegal caravans forced Alan Higgs Centre to temporarily close

Travellers in ten caravans illegally parked in the Allard Way leisure centre, Coventry forcing the centre to shut on Tuesday 18 April.

Illegally parked caravans have been taking up a majority of parking spaces on the left side of the leisure site. Alan Higgs Centre would regularly close at 10pm but were made to shut three hours early because of the travellers arrival.

The centre, which is home to Coventry City’s Academy, apologised for the sudden closure in a Facebook post: “Our centre will be closing tonight at 7pm due to unforeseen circumstances. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

“We can confirm that travellers moved on to our car park over the weekend. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our customers – most of whom come from the local community – and we understand the irritation this has caused,” an Alan Higgs Centre spokesman has said.

“We are taking legal action and are in talks with the police with the aim of having the travellers removed as soon as possible. Our plan is for the centre to continue to operate normally, but will endeavour to let people know if that cannot , for any reason, be possible,” they added.

The Centre is now open as usual.

This comes after eight caravans of travellers set up camp by Tavistock Way, Nuneaton.

“I want to reassure residents that I will be following this closely, to ensure that the Council continues to do all that it can to remove the unauthorised encampment and restore our park to its proper public use, as soon as possible,” Councillor Rob Tromans said.

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