Suffolk gypsy site consultation stops as new sites listed

Gypsies at  Moreton Hall in 2013 ENGANL00120130416145131
Gypsies at Moreton Hall in 2013 ENGANL00120130416145131

A public consultation on locations for three gypsy and traveller stopping sites in Suffolk has been abandoned.

The consultation, launched last week by county, borough and district councils with the police and crime commissioner, identified seven sites with the aim of selecting three in areas where unauthorised encampments usually occur.

They included a former chippings depot at Stanton and a disused Little Chef on the A14 near Kentford.

But after feedback from public and councillors and a number of landowners offering potential sites, Suffolk’s council and policing leaders have decided to halt the process to work on a new list of sites for consultation.

Cllr Mark Bee, Suffolk County Council’s leader, said: “The case for creating short stay stopping sites has been well established and we’ve found a great deal of general support for what we, as public sector bodies in Suffolk, are trying to do to help solve the issue of unauthorised encampments.

“But what’s more important is making sure we have the right sites to consult the public on.

All councillor briefings, public drop ins and meetings organised as part of the process are cancelled.