Travellers spotted in seaside town being ‘monitored’ by council

Council officials say they are monitoring a camp which was set up in Hunstanton at the weekend. Several mobile homes were parked on Cliff Parade, near the lighthouse. A West Norfolk Council spokesman said: “Our usual procedures are being followed.

Caravans, a truck, a van, a car have moved onto the grassed area (nearer to the lighthouse end of the town) on Cliff Parade at HunstantonCaravans, a truck, a van, a car have moved onto the grassed area (nearer to the lighthouse end of the town) on Cliff Parade at Hunstanton

“We understand that they plan to leave Hunstanton tomorrow evening or the following morning and we will continue to monitor the situation.”

The arrival of the group comes just weeks after issues relating to the provision of sites for members of the travelling community were raised at West Norfolk Council’s regeneration and development panel. That related to a site at Dersingham.

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

Caravans, a truck, a van, a car have moved onto the grassed area (nearer to the lighthouse end of the town) on Cliff Parade at Hunstanton Caravans, a truck, a van, a car have moved onto the grassed area (nearer to the lighthouse end of the town) on Cliff Parade at Hunstanton

But concerns were raised that it could be difficult to persuade travellers to move on from a specific site. 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 the rules and regulations the council were considering here were for leisure sites and those governing traveller sites were “even more complicated than those for campsites” but he understood the impact on local communities.