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19th November 2017

Kesgrave Travellers Move on


Suffolk District Council have confirmed that all the Travellers have left the unauthorised encampment on Grange Farm, Kesgrave.

The Travellers began moving on to the land near Cardew Drift on Grange Farm, Kesgrave, during the morning of Monday, 15th June. At its height, the encampment contained 13 caravans.

travellersNow the travellers have vacated the site, staff from SDC partners, Suffolk Coastal Norse, have moved on to the site to carry-out a cleansing operation to allow the land to be re-opened to the public.

The Council are now exploring ways of making the area more secure, to try to prevent similar unauthorised encampments in the future.

Suffolk Coastal District Council was scheduled to attend Ipswich Magistrates this afternoon (Tuesday, 14th July) to apply for a Court Order to remove the Travellers from the site. The departure of the Travellers just before this legal action, means this hearing is no longer necessary, so has been cancelled.

A SDC spokesperson said, “Throughout this period, SDC staff have been working with the Travellers, as well as our partners at Suffolk County Council and the Police, to resolve the matter as quickly as legally possible in difficult circumstances.

“We apologise to local people, and regular users of this park land, for any inconvenience caused by the encampment and will re-open the site to the public as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile a separate group of six traveller vans are still situated on a car park in Woodbridge today.

• Update – Tuesday 15.00 – The Council have already commenced the unenviable task of clearing up the area which includes the removal of human waste from bushes.

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