Felixstowe: Residents vow to fight proposals for traveller site opposite homes

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Richard Cornwell richard.cornwell@archant.co.uk
Friday, August 22, 2014
5:09 PM

Residents are furious over proposals to use land opposite their homes as a temporary site for travellers.

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Homeowners at Treetops in Felixstowe say the strip of land is “completely the wrong place” for a camp – and would be seen by everyone entering and leaving the resort.

Suffolk County Council has shortlisted seven sites for possible use as temporary homes for travellers for up to three months at a time.

Three of the sites are in east Suffolk – the land between Candlet Road and Treetops, Felixstowe; a lay-by on Felixstowe Road, Levington; and the former Little Chef site, off the A14 by the Orwell Bridge – and one is likely to be chosen.

Treetops’ residents’ spokesman Raymond Pomroy said people were seething at the suggestion that the land near their homes – a short strip of meadow grazed occasionally by horses – was suitable for travellers.

He said: “People have been knocking on my door wet-eyed with fright and bulging-eyed with rage – they cannot believe this suggestion and we must stop it at all costs.

“People are worried about the impact on their lifestyle, the lowering of the value of their homes, the downgrading of the public’s perception of Treetops, a select private close of three-bed and four-bed detached homes, and the view they will have out of their windows in future.”

They were also concerned about access across a grassed area used by youngsters to play and dog walkers.

Traffic to the site – not just the travellers caravans, but also their cars and work trucks – would also have to come through busy Walton High Street and then into Gulpher Road, recently made a “quiet lane” by the county council.

Mr Pomroy, who runs two businesses in the town, said having an official travellers camp as the welcome to Felixstowe would deter many visitors. It would also have an impact on the future development of the field next door with homes.

He said: “It is completely the wrong place.”

Council leader Mark Bee said introducing three gypsy and traveller short stay stopping sites in Suffolk will save taxpayers money, help meet the needs of travellers moving through the county and reduce unauthorised encampments.

15 comments

  • Travellers sites in Felixstowe ,Levington nor Orwell Country Park are NOT WANTED. It's bad enough feeling unsafe with all the immigrants flocking here and abouts without Mick and his army causing havoc and mayhem! As a tax payer home owner I am strongly against this. As someone who grew up in and around Levington I also strongly abject to the activities taking place at age old aptly named 'Putters Hole' just past the Levington turn off in the layby towards Nacton. Police aware but CANT DO ANYTHING. It's just appalling. FILTH! Society has lost it's dignity and control on it's morals.

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    Mrs Venners

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Yes let them stay there why not they will only steal,destroy and vandalise everything in a 10 mile radius and with no police force (what good were they anyway) to speak of in Felixstowe they will have a great time while the rest of us who are footing their bill have to suffer it. I for one don't want them here and if they come here at the councils invitation then I will with hold my funding for the council ie tax for as long as I can getaway with it I suggest the residents of Felixstowe band together and do the same.

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    venners

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Let me get this straight, SCC want to make the County more attractive to the anti-social travellers who illegally camped at Langer Park and Anzani House, left mounds of filthy rubbish and intimidated the locals. Am I missing something?

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    Grumpy Git

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • If the Candlet Road site is chosen right by the A14 - the only access into the town - is that REALLY thought to be an appropriate way of saying "Welcome to Felixstowe"? 30,000 people live in Felixstowe - is it really doing them a democratic service to have a travellers site as well as a Wetherspoons and a Poundland as marquee sites advertising the ethos of the town? The Tory administration of Suffolk and Suffolk Coastal seems intent on really letting the town down!

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    KJP

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Well all you people at the tree tops did not want tescos our the house Development see what you might get now its made my day

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    GRAHAM GORMER

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Great thinking - Little Chef right next to Orwell country park. Why not. Woods filled with old nappies and discarded waste of all description. I'm amazed that in the 21st century this lot are considered an "ethnic minority".... scourge more like. If the law of the land were upheld and serious fines handed out every time these ethnics illegally camped before being moved on, there would be no financial cost to be considered. Have councils heard of impounding vehicles etc?

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    Sarky Sage

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • I assume there is going to be water, lighting laid on plus foundations laid for the caravans plus emptying of bins carried out by the council which incurs costs and are rateable services which are not out of date, but then again looking at the state of the Anzani house car park after 3 days they do not use bins so after 3 months the site which is chosen will most likely look like a landfill site.

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    amp2904

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Just arrest the lot of them.

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    RachelM

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • sorry about the start of my comment [senior moment]

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • why is it always felixstowe and a 14 area. why is it always felixstowe and a 14 area?there is plenty of other spaces in suffolk.to call the travellers the scourge is wrong .[ some people cannot settle down , their caravans are spotless.]

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • They cannot charge 'rates', to use your own out of date term, if they do not provide any rateable services.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • I assume then that Suffolk County Council will be collecting rent and rates from these travellers as they do from residents who own or rent their properties?

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    amp2904

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Given the state of the Seafront Gardens in Felixstowe, maybe they could move there. Might even improve what there is now.

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    Chris D

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Members of the public can give their views in the following ways: Online at www.suffolk.gov.ukconsultations Downloading, printing, completing and posting the survey to Suffolk County Council Requesting a survey, or e-mailing feedback, via: shortstaysites@suffolk.gov.uk Completing the survey over the phone by calling 0845 603 1842

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    john

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • You have got to joking, no way is that land in Felixstowe suitable, hopefully someone will see sense and realise that. The levington site is used for operation stack for the trucks so not sure about that one, the a14 little chef site seems best. The Felixstowe residents maybe need to see who owns the land, club together and buy it, then let it out for preferred use, good luck to them

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    john

    Friday, August 22, 2014

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