Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

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

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.

©Archant 2014

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.

1 comment

  • Encampments should not be tolerated anywhere that is not a properly authorised site with planning permission and facilities and rentrates. There was no need for any meeting that is the law we are all meant to abide by.

    Report this comment

    A Smith

    Friday, January 17, 2014

The Cornhill in 1974 - photo Jerry Turner/Archant

Four decades ago Ipswich had through traffic in the town’s main shopping areas, writes David Kindred.

A 140-tonne electricity tranformer could cause traffic delays on Saturday as it slowly makes its way along the A12 in Suffolk

A 170-tonne electricity transformer the size of a bungalow is being transported along the A12 in Suffolk on Saturday.

Photo by Angela Sharpe of Ellough Park Raceway

A man in his early 60s died after being involved in a go-kart collision at a popular racetrack while celebrating his brother’s birthday.

Winners of the Stars of Suffolk Awards 2015

There are now just two days left to nominate an unsung hero from your community for a Stars of Suffolk award.

Rt Rev Martin Seeley, Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, celebrating with members of Pettistree church in the village pub, The Greyhound

A church is growing its congregation with a quiet contemplative service which starts in its chancel and ends in the pub next door.

A lorry has shed its load on the A14 over the Orwell Bridge

There were traffic delays on the A14 over the Orwell Bridge this afternoon after a lorry shed part of its load.

Do you know this woman? Police have released a CCTV image of a woman they want to speak to after a bank card was stolen and later used to withdraw cash in Ipswich

Police have released a CCTV image of a woman they want to speak to following the theft of a bank card which was later used to withdraw cash at various ATMs in Ipswich

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24