Traveller's site comes under spotlight

A SUFFOLK MP is today questioning the legality of a traveller's site set up on the outskirts of a quiet village.David Ruffley has aired strong concerns about the ten-caravan camp in a field at Woolpit.

A SUFFOLK MP is today questioning the legality of a traveller's site set up on the outskirts of a quiet village.

David Ruffley has aired strong concerns about the ten-caravan camp in a field at Woolpit.

His action follows the receipt of letters from residents of the village and neighbouring Elmswell and Tostock who are worried about construction work the travellers are carrying out and health and safety issues.

He said: "In view of huge local concern about this situation I have asked Mid Suffolk district council to look into the matter urgently.

"I share my constituents concern that laws must be enforced effectively - we can't have one rule for one and one rule for another."

The site, north of the A14 and west of the A1088, is thought to be owned by the travellers living on it.

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Fencing has been put up to divide plots, water and electricity supplies have been connected and a tarmac access road has been built.

John Grayling, head of environmental health at the district council, said: "We are investigating the planning side of things as certain issues appear to be unlawful, such as the road.

"We need to establish who actually owns the land and this can sometimes be obscured and made problematic. That's why it sometimes takes time.

"There are no issues for us at present to take action on the public health side of things as the site is away from other residential developments.

"We will keep an eye out for problems though."

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