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Traveller site cleared at Queen’s Hills, Costessey

16:24 11 May 2012

Travellers who were camped on a field outside Norwich for six months have been moved on after housing developers took legal action.

Families with four caravans were pitched by housing estate Queen’s Hills in Costessey where they lived with their horses and dogs.

But on May 4 the site, which had caused some friction with people living at Queen’s Hills, was cleared and the travellers moved to a pitch run by Thetford Town Council.

A consortium of developers who own the land began a legal process to have the travellers removed, after taking control of the site from administrators Deloitte.

Chairman of Costessey Parish Council, Vivienne Bell, said: “A lot of people walked through that way and a lot of people said that they felt intimidated but it is now sorted.”

The site has been used by travellers eight times since 2008.

South Norfolk cabinet member for development control Keith Kiddie said: “We welcome the resolution of this issue and thank the landowners for taking action.

“Our role as a local authority is clear. We cannot remove anyone from land we do not own, but we can support others in their efforts to do so.”

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