Rubbish left strewn in Christchurch Park after travellers leave

Rubbish has been left in Christchurch Park in Ipswich after travellers left the site

Rubbish has been left in Christchurch Park in Ipswich after travellers left the site - Credit: Archant

These pictures show some of the rubbish left in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, after travellers moved off the site on Sunday evening.

Several caravans pitched up at the northern end of the park in the early hours of last Wednesday.

Bags and a children's doll are among the items left behind

Bags and a children's doll are among the items left behind - Credit: Archant

Portable bins were placed around the encampment while the travellers were at the park.

However, rubbish – including bags and children's toys – were left strewn across the grass on Monday morning after their departure.

Bins were placed around the park while the travellers were on-site

Bins were placed around the park while the travellers were on-site - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Borough Council said it would be cleaning up the site on Monday so that it is "swiftly back in general public use".

A spokesman said: “Ipswich Borough Council confirms that all travellers have now left Christchurch Park following the swift and robust actions of the council, as well as its partners, to ensure their departure.

"The council will be cleaning-up on Monday to ensure that all areas of the park are swiftly back in general public use.”

Oliver Holmes, Ipswich borough councillor for the St Margaret's ward, said he visited the park on Monday morning.

Ipswich borough councillor Oliver Holmes said the people of Ipswich deserved better than the Tacket

Oliver Holmes, Ipswich borough councillor for the St Margaret's ward - Credit: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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He said: "I have been down and spoken to a few people. It's pleasing for all of us that they have moved on.

"There has been some rubbish and the park wardens have been very busy cleaning it all up. Hopefully, we're getting back to normal now.

"It wasn't expected to see them arrive – I've never seen travellers get access to the park before. Residents have been concerned, but Ipswich Borough Council dealt with it pretty well.

"But hopefully now we can get back to normal and get on with the summer season of activities."