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Travellers return to major route in Sudbury

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: July 23, 2014

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GIPSIES have once again set up camp on a major route between Sudbury and Doveridge despite the fact that councillors are trying to find them a permanent spot, a ward representative has revealed.

Between 15 and 20 caravans have been spotted on Derby Road, close to Doveridge, over the last couple of days having recently been spotted next to Sudbury Prison.

However, Albert Catt, a Doveridge ward councillor on Derbyshire Dales District Council, said he has received no complaints or had any issues raised about the travelling community setting up home.

In fact, he said one of the groups – the Gaskin family – were well known to the people in the village as they travel in patterns which often includes areas in the Derbyshire Dales.

He said the district council had been in discussions to try to find them an area which suits their needs and that of the settled community for ‘quite a while’.

Councillor Catt said group consisted of between four and five caravans and they have been settled near to Sudbury Prison for the whole of this year before moving on to Derby Road.

He said: “The second group is a lot larger and is around 200 to 300 yards away from the first group.

“I think that they could be part of the extended family and there is about 11 caravans with 15 assorted vehicles and they are separate from the first group.

“They are located well back from the road and I have had no problems or complaints about them at all.

“The first group has been subject of consideration for a site for a couple of years as we have been trying to find them a permanent site within the Derbyshire Dales that suits their circumstances and is acceptable to them.

“We are trying to do what we can as a council to suit both the settled and travelling community in the Derbyshire Dales.”

It has previously been reported that steps were being taken to remove travellers from the long driveway off the A515 leading to the grounds of HMP Sudbury.

It followed concerns from villagers that a dispute over who owns the land the travellers are occupying would prevent officials from serving them notice.

Confusion had arisen as people were unsure whether the land they had settled on belonging to the highways authority or the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

However, Derbyshire County Council’s highways bosses agreed to take the necessary steps to remove the travellers from the site as the council owns the A515.

It later came to light that the land is the responsibility of the office of Secretary of State for Transport – Sudbury MP Patrick McLoughlin.

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