Mystery after sudden closure of Norwich pitch and putt course

Mousehold Heath. The pitch and putt course there has been closed until further notice.

Mousehold Heath. The pitch and putt course there has been closed until further notice. - Credit:

A Norwich pitch and putt course has been closed until further notice, but mystery surrounds the exact reasons why.

Norwich City Council tweeted yesterday afternoon that it had decided to shut the course at Mousehold Heath.

The city council was last night not in a position to explain why it had closed a course which is usually open from 9am until dusk.

Travellers have been next to the pitch and putt course since Friday night. Around a dozen caravans arrived on the former football fields opposite the Open Academy in Heartsease Lane that evening.

It is not clear whether the group is part of the same set who departed from Barnard Bridge in Great Yarmouth earlier that day.

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That group had moved onto the playing field of Great Yarmouth High School the previous Sunday afternoon, before being joined by a second group on Monday, who brought horses with them.

The first group were served a court order to leave the site by 6pm on Friday, and were seen heading towards Norwich on the Acle Straight.

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Some neighbours of the site had been apprehensive about the arrival of the Travellers.

Gabriele Ferreira, of Croftholme Way, said: 'I'm not particularly bothered by it. This is what Travellers do, they find a place and then they travel on. As long as they are clean I am fine with it.'

However, Ray Amies, 78, of Heartsease Lane, added: 'I am worried they may make lots of rubbish and cause disturbances. Often when Travellers leave areas they take a lot of cleaning up after – I hope it won't be the case when this group move on.'

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