7pm was the time that the court order became active for the travellers to leave the Birchenwood site in Kidsgrove. However at 7pm only a few of the travellers had left the site. At the same time a large number of local residents from Kidsgrove and surrounding areas had decended on Birchenwood to see the travellers off the site.
At 8.30pm we have been sent some live photos from the site which shows what is happening, 1 hour and 30mins after the council should have been able to enforce their court order. These images can be seen on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
There is a lot of public upset over the failings of Newcastle Borough Council to properly secure the site from past visits and many residents are planning on giving the Labour controlled council a kicking at the ballot box next year.