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Travellers' site in Costessey to reopen after refurbishment

PUBLISHED: 13:27 08 June 2018 | UPDATED: 19:21 08 June 2018

Travellers had set up camp at the Roundwell Monument site in Costessey yesterday, but had moved on by Friday morning (Picture: Submitted)

Travellers had set up camp at the Roundwell Monument site in Costessey yesterday, but had moved on by Friday morning (Picture: Submitted)

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A travellers' site next to a park and ride is due to reopen after a refurbishment, it has been confirmed.

The news comes as a group a group of travellers were moved on from one location where they had been staying for a day, only to then take up camp on land in Longwater and then next to the Roundwell Monument, before again upping sticks.

South Norfolk Council said the site had previously closed the due to extensive fly-tipping and damage to fencing and the water supply.

It has now confirmed that repair work on the site next to Costessey Park and Ride will take place, with an opening date to be set in due course.

Tim East, county councillor for Costessey, said: “I’m absolutely delighted about the news. It will mean in future that if travellers make illegal incursions, then the police will be empowered to remove them and put them on the transit site.

“The impression we got from the council before was that there was a reluctance to reopen the site.”

A group of travellers was evicted from Harford Park and Ride following an eviction order by Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

They had moved onto land opposite Next yesterday.

KonectBus, which manages the Harford Park and Ride site, along with those at Postwick, Costessey and Thickthorn, said it planned to bolster security.

The travellers were then evicted from the land owned by developers Taylor Wimpey on the A1074 Dereham Road.

A police car was left parked at the entrance to the Costessey Park and Ride yesterday, which is about a mile away from the Roundwell site where they were last seen by Roundwell Pharmacy staff at about 10am yesterday morning.

Police confirmed that they had spoken to the travellers and had taken the necessary pictures and drone footage to monitor the situation.

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