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Council urges travellers to clear waste from abandoned Compiegne Way site in Bury St Edmunds after illegal encampment issue resolved




A council is urging a family of travellers to clear waste from a Bury St Edmunds site where they were based for six years after an issue involving an illegal encampment was resolved.

The family moved to Rougham Hill lorry park earlier this month after leaving a permitted site, off Compiegne Way, where they had been based since 2014.

The land, provided by the former St Edmundsbury Borough Council, was a temporary arrangement while preparations were made on a site on Rougham Hill for which the family hold planning permission.

Traveller caravans at Rougham Hill lorry park
Traveller caravans at Rougham Hill lorry park

The move to Rougham Hill lorry park was an illegal encampment as the land is owned and managed by Suffolk Council Council, which was in talks with the Norfolk & Suffolk Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Service to help resolve the issue.

The family has since moved to their own site on Rougham Hill but West Suffolk Council is urging them to remove waste left at the Compiegne Way land.

A spokesman said: "The family has moved onto its site at Rougham Hill and work is ongoing on that site.

The former traveller site, off Compiegne Way in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mark Westley
The former traveller site, off Compiegne Way in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mark Westley

"We are pressing them to honour their agreement with the council for the family to remove all waste from the tolerated site at Compiegne Way."

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