Cricket club chairman ‘disgusted’ after travellers set up on Broadwater Green

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The chairman of Broadwater Cricket Club has spoken out after travellers set up camp on Broadwater Green.

Bob Reynolds said he was ‘disgusted’ at the nine caravans and numerous other vehicles that have been scattered across the Worthing Borough Council owned green since Sunday evening.

“We have played on the site since 1771, we pay our pitch fees to the council and suddenly it has all been disrupted,” he said. “It is so unfair.

“We have an under-13 colts match on Thursday, and a first-team fixture on Saturday, so we want the travellers gone by then.

“I am dreading the state of the pitch afterwards and I am also worried that they will break into the pavilion where we have got a lot of honours boards dating back years.

“The residents are also appalled.”

Wendy Knight, communications officer at Worthing Borough Council, said: “Today we are carrying out the obligatory checks to assess the welfare and needs of the travellers.

“As part of those checks, we are also going to assess the environmental impact of their presence and the loss of public amenity.

“We are working closely with the police who are monitoring the situation, too.”