A row has erupted between  the district and county council over a travellers’ site.

Hyndburn council’s deputy leader Coun Clare Pritchard is furious with bosses at Lancashire county council (LCC) after it emerged there has been a delay in attempts to obtain an order to remove travellers off a site at Lower Antley Street, Accrington.

Around a dozen caravans arrived on the site around six weeks ago.

The area is included in stage two of the borough council’s Project Phoenix regeneration scheme being rolled out in West Accrington and Church.

Coun Pritchard said LCC was contacted as soon as the group parked up on the land which is currently maintained by the county.

But she says the county council has been too slow in applying for a removal order.

LCC basses have hit back at her claims saying they applied for the order on February 16 – and that no decision had been reached because of a backlog at the court.

Coun Pritchard said: “We feel completely let down by Lancashire county council.

“As a borough council we do our bit to accommodate travellers and have more authorised sites than other parts of the county.

“But when we ask county for a little help they completely let us down.”

Martin Galloway, head of network management at LCC, said the delay was down to court delays.

He said: “The county council has experienced delays in obtaining a hearing date for this matter from the court.”

A spokesman for the court service confirmed the hearing is set for Monday, March 12 at Accrington County Court.