Rubbish cleared in travellers' wake

A MASSIVE clean-up operation took place following the departure of travellers from Wireless Green in Felixstowe.Two council workers spent six hours clearing the site yesterday, and three skips of green waste were filled.

A MASSIVE clean-up operation took place following the departure of travellers from Wireless Green in Felixstowe.

Two council workers spent six hours clearing the site yesterday, and three skips of green waste were filled.

The travellers arrived in Felixstowe nearly two weeks ago and set up camp in Manor Terrace.

At first there were just six vans but at the end of last week they moved 100 yards up the road to the Wireless Green car park and this figure trebled to around 20 mobile homes, a horse, and an assortment of other vehicles.

Suffolk Coastal, who own the land, had been trying desperately to get them moved but this could only be done once a number of welfare checks and other administrative and legal processes had been gone through.

Cllr David Smith, lead Cabinet Member for the Felixstowe South Seafront Land Development, said: "The Council moved as speedily as possible to move the travellers on while keeping within the constraints of the law.

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"We have started on the process of tidying up the mess that they have inconsiderately left behind. This includes litter and waste, and three skips of green waste that will be recycled on Thursday.

"We would like to thank the residents for the restraint they showed during this difficult time."

Residents in the area said they were relieved that the travellers had moved on but that, on the whole, they had not created too much of a disturbance.

One man from Manor Terrace, who declined to be named, said: "They generally kept themselves to themselves but there was a bit of noise. The dogs were a bit yappy and they played their music rather loud at times.

"The main problem is the huge mess they left behind. I feel very sorry for the people that have had to clean it up."

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