Travellers set up on land by Open Academy in Heartsease

The Travellers who have arrived at land opposite the Open Academy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Travellers who have arrived at land opposite the Open Academy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A group of Travellers have set up their caravans on land at Heartsease - prompting mixed reactions from nearby residents.

A cluster of caravans appeared on the former football fields, opposite Open Academy, on Friday evening.

Their arrival has been met with varied reactions from people living in nearby homes - some reacting with apprehension, while others are more relaxed.

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.'

Another Croftholme Way resident added: 'As long as they clean up after themselves and do not cause any trouble them I have no problem with them being there.'

However, Norman Bilham, also of Croftholme Way, said: 'I don't think they should be allowed to go wherever they want. I hope they don't make loads of rubbish.'

Roy Amies, of Heartsease Lane, added: 'I am worried they may make lots of rubbish and cause disturbances.'

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It was not clear if they were part of the same group which had left Great Yarmouth earlier in the day, but a group of Travellers who had set up camp on the Barnard Bridge playing field in the seaside town had been heading down the Acle Straight towards Norwich.

That group had moved onto the playing field, owned by Great Yarmouth High School, last Sunday afternoon.

They were then joined by another group on Monday who brought horses with them.

The first group were served with a court order to leave by 6pm today and all the caravans moved off the site by 5.30pm.

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