Travellers set up camp on busy King’s Lynn roundabout

Hardwick Roundabout King's Lynn. Travellers Park on Roundabout. ANL-151006-171908009
Hardwick Roundabout King's Lynn. Travellers Park on Roundabout. ANL-151006-171908009
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Dozens of travellers remain encamped on a busy Lynn roundabout this evening, amid safety concerns around the site.

An encampment of 10 caravans and around 40 people arrived at the roundabout yesterday afternoon.

People passing the scene have reported seeing children playing on the roundabout, which links the A47, the A149 and the A10.

West Norfolk Council, police and Highways England, who are responsible for the maintenance of the junction, have said they are monitoring the situation.

A Highways England spokesman said today: “We’re looking into this case.

“As part of Highways England’s responsibilities for managing the strategic road network, when travellers or other parties choose to stay on land for which we are responsible, we monitor the situation to ensure that their presence does not impact on road users and other adjacent interested parties.

“Where this becomes an issue in accordance with our procedures we will then take appropriate action to move them on.”

Traveller liaison officers have been to the roundabout.

And a West Norfolk Council spokesman said: “The council shares people’s concerns about children being present on such a busy road junction.

“We have attended site as per the protocol and the Highways Agency, as landowner, have been made aware. We are awaiting their response.”

Norfolk Police said they were called to the site by the borough council at around 3.30pm on Wednesday.

She said: “We are monitoring the situation.”

A Gypsy and Traveller Liaison Service is run by Norfolk County council.

It aims to improve community cohesion around traveller issues along with responding to complaints about unauthorised encampments.

The service also works to reduce the number of illegal encampments, improve temporary and permanent site provision and ensure local authorities meet their legal obligations to promote good relations and work with other organisations to improve access to services.