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Bramford/Ipswich: Villagers claim victory as travellers’ site proposal abandoned

09:29 02 April 2014

The consultation meeting in Bramford discussing the proposed travellers site.

The consultation meeting in Bramford discussing the proposed travellers site.

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Proposals to develop a new travellers’ site on the edge of Ipswich have been abandoned after an outcry from the neighbouring village.

The borough council had proposed to allocate land at River Hill beside the A14 for five travellers’ pitches – but residents in Bramford felt there were already enough pitches near their village.

The site is outside the A14 “box” around the town although it is in the borough – it borders on Mid Suffolk district.

Borough council leader David Ellesmere said that after considering the public response to the proposal, they had decided to withdraw it and to speak to other districts to try to persuade them to increase their provision of pitches for the travelling community.

Ipswich already has the West Meadows site in the borough – that is also on the edge of town and borders Bramford village.

Mr Ellesmere said: “There will be a full report on our local plan coming to the council later in the year, but this proposal will not be part of that and we felt it was right to tell people that straight away to ease any concerns.

“We shall be talking to other districts to urge them to provide more travellers’ pitches – but this site will not be considered for this use.”

The land is next to the Clarice House health club, and at an open meeting in Bramford in February its boss Stuart King warned that the establishment of a travellers’ site next to it could drive his club out of business.

Mr King was delighted to hear the news from the borough: “That is fantastic. There were real worries about the business. This is great news for the staff and our members.”

He told February’s meeting that he had hoped to buy the borough-owned land next to his business to develop it as an outdoor fitness trail. Mr Ellesmere said the borough still had to decide what to do with the land.

Bramford parish council chairman Kevin Welsby said people in the village would be very relieved to hear that the site was no longer being considered for travellers.

He said: “This is very good news. People in the village don’t have a problem with travellers – but they did feel it was not right to develop all the pitches so near to one another. I am glad that the borough has listened to our concerns.”

7 comments

  • If you are a traveller then travel; if not then buy or rent a house.

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    Johnthebap

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Esco Fiasco, Mr King was not scare mongering as you put it he was voicing the concerns of most of the people who turned up at that meeting me being one of them and may I also add that people who live to the park in Bramford Lane also turned up to voice their concerns about this proposed new site.......they lived through the nightmare of when the travellers took over that park the last time. I hope the council let Mr King buy the land to turn it into something nice for all to use.

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    Janina Beckett

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Mr King may have been a bit over the top but he was right about the job losses that could have ensued, would you rather have a nice attractive health club providing benefits to users and the local economy and jobs or a caravan park that would provide nothing ?

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    C Smith

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Also to add he probably wants to buy the land to secure the business future and prevent further uncertainty non?

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    C Smith

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • At last some good news locally.

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    Lee Davies

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • The right decision has been made and my congratulations goes to the Borough Council for finally making it. It's good to know that the voice of Bramford was heard and respected.

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    Ipsman

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • It all becomes clear, King's scaremongering objections were mainly because he wanted to buy the land himself.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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