Felixstowe: Council bosses vow to eject travellers “as soon as possible” after they move on to Langer Park following Felixstowe Carnival

Council bosses have pledged to remove a group of travellers who have moved on to a park following a popular seaside carnival. Council bosses have pledged to remove a group of travellers who have moved on to a park following a popular seaside carnival.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
3:44 PM

Council bosses have pledged to remove a group of travellers who have moved on to a park following a popular seaside carnival.

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Around 20 caravans have taken up residence on Langer Park in Felixstowe in the aftermath of the Felixstowe Carnival.

The annual event, attended by thousands of people, took place at the weekend.

After the panto-themed cavalcade, an evening of entertainment was laid on at Langer Park, which included music, demonstrations and performances on Sunday.

But since then travellers have taken up an “unauthorised encampment” on the large park, according to councillor Ray Herring, leader of Suffolk Coastal District Council.

He said council staff have met with the travellers and insisted steps would be taken to remove them “as soon as possible”.

“Suffolk Coastal District Council has been made aware of an unauthorised encampment on Langer Park, Felixstowe,” he said.

“We are fully aware of the inconvenience this may cause regular users of the park.

“Our staff have already visited the site and steps will be taken, in line with legislation, to remove the occupants from site as soon as possible.

“Before any action can be taken, we are required by law to carry out a ‘welfare audit’, together with Suffolk County Council, to establish the wellbeing of the occupants.

“Providing that no issues are identified during the welfare audit, appropriate action will then be taken to remove all the travellers, their vehicles and possessions from the site at the earliest opportunity.”

10 comments

  • “Our staff have already visited the site and steps will be taken, in line with legislation, to remove the occupants from site as soon as possible. Remove the bloody legislation and staff and send in the police job done!

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    peter wright

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

  • could the dog walkers in the area make sure that their dogs mess in the park for the next few days? ok, the council would have to clean it up later - but it would be a lot cheaper!

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    BlipThePeanut's Dad

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

  • Welfare audit!!!!! Echo Peter Wright. Get rid of the legislation and send in the police...job done.

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    waspie

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

  • Who forgot to lock the gates after the carnival?

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    zaax

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

  • At yet more cost to the taxpayer (which they are not), this is getting ridiculous now.

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    C Smith

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

  • If i pitched a tent on a park for the night , i would probably be forcibly moved on by the parky or police at closing time ...what is the difference ..if they are there illegally they are there illegally ...

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    ukmartian

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

  • i hope the authorities in Felixstowe show more backbone then Ipswich borough council when dealing with travellers setting up on local parks.

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    bob

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

  • I bet if I went onto any park , pitched a tent and set up camp I would be asked to leave or forcibly ejected when the park closed ...what is the difference ....

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    ukmartian

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

  • A welfare audit. It beggars belief. At least put in low hanging entrances to all public spaces so they can't get their big vehicles on their in the first place. It would be alot cheaper than the legal proceedings.

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    Don Perignon

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

  • I came by the park on Monday after the carnival and noted that the gates were left open so there was easy access for them,hello....

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    Heather Wayman

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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