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Ipswich Borough Council spent almost £1,000 in two years cleaning up when travellers move on

Travellers were moved on from Bramford Lane Recreation Ground in July. Picture: ARCHANT

Travellers were moved on from Bramford Lane Recreation Ground in July. Picture: ARCHANT

Ipswich Borough Council spent almost £1,000 in two years cleaning up sites vacated by travellers.

Figures revealed from a Freedom of Information request reveal that in 2015/16, £636.50 was spent cleaning up sites including council-owned car parks and recreation grounds, after travellers had moved on.

In 2016/17 the cost was £250.

Travellers have set up camp at Bramford Road Recreation Ground and West End Road car this year.

A council spokesman said existing resources are used to clean up areas after travellers move on, pulling staff from other duties rather than paying for more staff or overtime.

Helen Pluck, Ipswich Borough Council’s chief operating officer, said: “Our clean-up operations begin immediately after we recover the sites and the low cost involved in the clean-ups reflects the fact that we have a flexible resource available to handle grot spots such as these as a priority.”

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