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Suffolk: Three new travellers’ sites to be set up around the county

13:13 15 July 2014

Travellers caravans in Bury Leisure Centre car park.

Travellers caravans in Bury Leisure Centre car park.

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Council officials in Suffolk are proposing to create three new sites for travellers around the county.

The sites would be for temporary pitches and aimed at ending the problems caused by travellers who set up unauthorised sites which require a court order to force them to move on.

Since 2007, there have been 210 unauthorised sites set up in Suffolk, equivalent to more than 10 years of unlawful stopping. The average length of an encampment in that period was 19 days.

The move comes after three recent unauthorised sites were set up in Ipswich, Felixstowe and Bury St Edmunds.

Local authorities have since moved the travellers on, however with no long term solution in place, it is unclear where they will appear next.

A short stay stopping site is a permanent site intended for temporary use by gypsies and travellers. The length of stay generally varies between 28 days and three months.

Users pay rent for their pitches but the sites are not intended to be used as a permanent base. Currently, there are no short stay stopping sites in Suffolk.

Suffolk county council leader Mark Bee has been working on the project on behalf of all the local authorities and police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore.

Mr Bee said: “It’s quite clear that we do not, currently, have a long-term solution to the issue of illegal gypsy and traveller encampments in Suffolk and that something needs to be done about it.

“Other counties have short stay stopping sites and these offer the travelling community a proper alternative to illegal encampments.

“It’s important that everyone who wants to gets a real say in this, which is why we are sharing this process and will be inviting members of the public to give comments.

“Suffolk needs a long-term solution to the issue of illegal gypsy and traveller encampments and with short stay stopping sites, we feel that we may have the answer.”

Officers from each of Suffolk’s local councils and the police will now work together to identify potential sites.

The public will then be given their chance to have a say on the proposals during August and September.

Once sites are identified, planning applications will have to be made to district or borough councils before any development can go ahead.

16 comments

  • There is some underutilised land around the area of Beatrice Avenue in Felixstowe that would make a good and easily accessible site within a local enclave of Christian tolerance!

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    John Shirley

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Rents are like taxes; some pay, some don't.

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    Johnthebap

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Pray can we have an article, allowing FREE SPEECH comments (as long as not libellous or offensive), stating the role of our local MONOPOLY newspapers and how well they fulfil that role. This is a challenge but are you up for it? And "offensive" does not mean "telling you the truth" but making personal comments, using rude language, etc. This is reasonable to ask as you have a monopoly, unlike most businesses, and you serve a public function.

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    Johnthebap

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • @C. Smith "As predicted half the comments gone. Wimps." My very similar comment was banned! Along with three other comments from me.

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    Johnthebap

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • As predicted half the comments gone. Wimps.

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    C Smith

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Pray - do tell...will the rent also recoup the cost of providing these sites?

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    Sarky Sage

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • I thought the councils were having to make big financial cuts - where are they finding the money for these proposed sites. I don't wish to contribute to this Mr Bee.

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    EmTee

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Judging by your comment IMP you probably live in the same area as me, near a traveller site.

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    C Smith

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • IMP, I do live in Ipswich NOT in a village, read my comments properly. I was saying that people who live in villages care about where they live too so get off your high horse.

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    C Smith

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • You are misunderstanding my sarcastic humour. Perhaps it should have been pre-fixed by "I bet------". I agree with other comments but If such sites have to be constructed in Suffolk, follow the example of Essex CC and put them on waste unused land beside main roads like they have on M11, A130 and others.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • There are some lovely villages close to Ipswich which have lots of space, some lovely village greens would make a lovely site. I am sure they could put some at Bentwaters, there is plenty of runway space, that would be a big asset to the stop flying at Bentwaters campaign. My guess is it will be near a council estate in Ipswich or Bury.

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    smokie

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • I have a long term solution Mr Bee send them back to Ireland.

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    royg

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • I bet the local locksmith's will do well out of it, no one else will though.

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    Gobby

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • That's very kind of you, Victor, for inviting the travellers to live next door to you.

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    Linnet

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • I didn't think you could say "gypsy" these days. Obviously I can carry on using it with gay abandon...

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    Robotix

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • The "Nimby" banners are already being bought out of storeage.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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