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Dersingham travellers' camp issue raised

Problems with travellers were raised at West Norfolk Council's regeneration and development panel on Tuesday.

Planning policy officer Alan Gomm gave a report on rules and regulations for caravan and camping sites.

Chairwoman Judith Collingham said as the member for Dersingham the main concern she had with caravans concerned "problems with gypsies ... it is very difficult to get them to move on".

Gypsy site.
Gypsy site.

She added: "You really have to wait for them to leave. Nothing we have said give me any confidence that we have any teeth."

Carol Bower said she felt that in Hunstanton the council and others had worked together well over an unauthorised site but agreed it was "three weeks that caused some local residents a lot of distress".

Mr Gomm said that the rules and regulations the council were considering here were for leisure sites and that those governing gypsy and traveller sites were "even more complicated than those for campsites" but he understood the impact on local communities.

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