Travellers leave lorry park after a three day stay

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Sudbury’s lorry park was described as full to overflowing as travellers stopped off in the town last week.

About 10 vans and caravans were parked in the lorry park in Station Road on Thursday, but all were gone by Monday.

Sudbury common lands ranger Adrian Walters said there were more vehicles in the lorry park than he had seen in a few years.

He said travellers had left their rubbish piled up beside the ranger’s trade bin, and on the Valley Trail.

“I’m not sure when the travellers arrived but there were more there than I’ve seen in recent times – it was an extraordinary sight and the lorry park was full up,” he said.

“The trade bin was full, so they had piled their rubbish up next to it.

“But then we found more rubbish dumped on the side of the Valley Trail, which they had tried to disguise with branches of ivy.

“I should say they behaved in a better way than other travelling groups.”

Mr Walters said bollards had been installed at the entrances to the Valley Trail to stop travellers from getting on Friars Meadow where, in the past, they had stayed for weeks at a time.

“We’ve had a few instances of camping on Friars Meadow and, when that has happened, there has been rubbish left,” he said.

“Having said that, people who use the meadow during the summer leave their rubbish behind for us to clear up after their barbecues and picnics.

“We would like them to take their rubbish home with them. We have had a discussion about recycling rubbish,” he added.

A notice from Babergh District Council was posted on the sign at the entrance of the lorry park next to Waitrose on April 30.

A spokesman for Babergh District Council said: “The travellers were served with a common law notice by Sudbury Town Council and were asked to leave by Friday afternoon as the car park was due to be used by the French market stallholders vehicles. They did not leave straight away.”

The notice advised travellers they did not have permission to be on the land.