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Illegal traveller encampment continues to occupy Sudbury car park

An illegal traveller camp has occupied part of a public car park in Sudbury.

A group of caravans arrived in the long-stay car park in Station Road on Thursday, at around 2.35pm.

Bradley Smith, a supervisor from the community warden team, confirmed a welfare assessment had been carried out at the site on Monday, and said Sudbury Town Council would be working closely with local authorities to find a solution under the Suffolk County Council protocols around unauthorised and unlawful encampments.

Sudbury, travellers set up at the back of Waitrose in Station Road.. (42173042)
Sudbury, travellers set up at the back of Waitrose in Station Road.. (42173042)

Town and district councillor Sue Ayres, who is chairman of the gypsy and traveller steering group, has spoken to the individuals at the site.

“They said they hadn’t been to Sudbury before and thought what a lovely area it was,” she said. “They wished they could stay where it wasn’t illegal and where they wouldn’t be hassled.”

Cllr Ayres highlighted that travellers had limited options on where they could camp due to the lack of facilities in the county, which she hopes to improve with the work of the steering group.

“I think we desperately need transit sites,” she said, adding that it was disappointing to see so much prejudice towards the travelling community.