Businesses at Stanton’s Shepherds Grove Industrial Estate are worried at proposals that an official traveller stopping site could end up on their doorstep.
Six weeks of consultation has begun aiming to choose three sites from seven suggestions, one at Upthorpe Road, Stanton.
Theses will provide a temporary stopping place with users paying rent for their pitches. There have been 210 unauthorised encampments since 2007 with several in Bury St Edmunds.
Neil Smith, sales and marketing director at Shelbourne Reynolds, said companies were very concerned and were meeting yesterday to discuss the issue. His company had already been told its insurance premium would go up. “We are trying to expand and trying to employ more people and this has been dumped on our laps. We don’t want this potential problem.”
James Porter, production co-ordinator at Animax, said staff had expressed concerns at pressure on the village primary school. “We are very much against it. This is only 100 metres away from us and is going to be a big problem.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore, speaking on behalf of Suffolk’s eight council leaders, said: “It’s important that everyone gets a real say in this,” More on www.suffolk.gov.uk/consultations