Ipswich Borough Council spent almost £1,000 in two years cleaning up when travellers move on
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Ipswich Borough Council spent almost £1,000 in two years cleaning up sites vacated by travellers.
Figures revealed from a Freedom of Information request reveal that in 2015/16, £636.50 was spent cleaning up sites including council-owned car parks and recreation grounds, after travellers had moved on.
In 2016/17 the cost was £250.
Travellers have set up camp at Bramford Road Recreation Ground and West End Road car this year.
A council spokesman said existing resources are used to clean up areas after travellers move on, pulling staff from other duties rather than paying for more staff or overtime.
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Helen Pluck, Ipswich Borough Council’s chief operating officer, said: “Our clean-up operations begin immediately after we recover the sites and the low cost involved in the clean-ups reflects the fact that we have a flexible resource available to handle grot spots such as these as a priority.”
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