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Worlingham: Travellers are set to be evicted from former primary school site

PUBLISHED: 17:45 17 January 2014 | UPDATED: 17:45 17 January 2014

Travellers have set up camp in the grounds of the former Worlingham Primary School.

Travellers have set up camp in the grounds of the former Worlingham Primary School.

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Legal action is being taken against a group of travellers who have taken up residence on the former Worlingham Primary School site.

Five caravans, a horse box and one car have been parked on the playground at the back of the now redundant school in Rectory Lane for almost two weeks.

A case conference was held between Suffolk County Council, St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, police and local councillors on Wednesday to determine what should be done.

There have been a number of calls from nearby residents for action to be taken.

One resident who did not wish to be named said: “It is very difficult for people living nearby and children no longer want to use the play park which is near the school while the travellers are there.”

After the meeting, a Suffolk County Council spokesman said: “A case conference was held between representatives of the church, police, local councils and elected members.

“It was agreed that the encampment could not be tolerated at that location. Local partners will take the lead on serving the imminent eviction notice, however an exact time scale is to be agreed.”

Police were called to the former school at 9.20am on January 5, following reports of an encampment.

The force said they would be continuing to monitor the situation.

John Howard, spokesman for the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, said local trustees of an ecclesiastical trust which owns part of the school site, and the county council which the owns the adjoining land, had been liaising.

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