Picnic site to stay closed

A SUFFOLK picnic site plagued by doggers will be closed for at least another year, The Evening Star has learned. The Haughley picnic site, off the A14 near Stowmarket was closed in September 2006 after it was discovered perverts were using the area for kinky activities.

A SUFFOLK picnic site plagued by doggers will be closed for at least another year, The Evening Star has learned.

The Haughley picnic site, off the A14 near Stowmarket was closed in September 2006 after it was discovered perverts were using the area for kinky activities.

Groups keen on certain types of sexual behaviour including “dogging” - where couples have sex in public - regularly visited the site prior to its closure.

It had been hoped the site could reopen shortly into the New Year once vegetation around the site was cut back and plans were put in place to shrink the car park by shutting off certain “problem” areas by the use of bollards.

However the work, being completed by volunteer groups, has taken longer than expected to complete.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said work is continuing but the site will not now reopen until works to iron out one of the most notorious stretches of road in the county is completed as the entrance is currently blocked.

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The spokeswoman said: “We are still carrying out work on the site cutting back the vegetation.

“We are hoping to reopen it when the roadworks are finished.”

Work on the Haughley bends on the A14 is not due to be completed until late summer 2008 meaning the popular picnic site will have been closed for two years.

Haughley picnic site was the first of two locations in the county to be flagged up as suspected dogging sites last September.

The closure of the site was followed by an Ipswich man calling for action at the Bridge Wood Car Park at Orwell Country Park, claiming the site was regularly being used for open air orgies.

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