Search for traveller sites

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Leaders across Suffolk’s public sector are calling for landowners and other interested parties to suggest sites that could be used for short stay stopping sites for the Gypsy and traveller community.

The ‘Call for Sites’ aims to identify land on which to locate three short stay sites for the Gypsy and traveller community as the county currently does not have any.

It comes just two weeks after the lorry park in Sudbury was used by travellers for the second time in a matter of months.

Their arrival caused concern, with the site in constant use by heavy goods vehicles.

Between 2009 and July 2015, Suffolk saw 280 unauthorised Gypsy and traveller encampments, costing the taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds each year.

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for communities, Sarah Stamp, said: “All public sector leaders are committed to delivering these sites as part of our responsibility to ensure the needs of all the people who live in our community are met.

“Our commitment is to provide the right sites, in the right locations. Any potential site will have to meet strict suitability criteria.”

The Call for Sites closes on November 15. All sites submitted will be carefully assessed.