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Travellers cause concern in Wortham

Wortham village sign
Wortham village sign

Concern is growing about the presence of travellers on a site of special scientific interest in Wortham.

Two caravans and a number of vehicles moved on to Wortham Ling at the end of April.

Owned by Robert Wills, of Anglia Autoflow, the site is designated as a site of special interest, with payments made to the landowner under Natural England countryside stewardship scheme for farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers to make environmental improvements.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “I understand they said they would leave after a few days, but they have not moved on and rubbish and scrap metal is mounting up.

“I have spoken to many of the dog walkers who feel threatened and are uncomfortable about visiting the area.”

A spokesman for Wortham and Burgate Parish Council said: “The presence of the travellers has come up at two recent council meetings.

“Our concerns are that it is an area of special interest and other travellers may join them during the summer season.”

Wortham Ling is also covered by by-laws which prevent camping and caravanning, enforced by Mid Suffolk District Council.

“Mid Suffolk Council, I understand, has been working with the Norfolk and Suffolk Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Service, and there have been attempts to contact the landowner, who holds the main responsibility to move them on,” said the council spokesman.

The Diss Express has approached the landowner for comment, but has not received a response.

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