Travellers leave unlawful Gosberton Clough site for permanent Spalding base

The site at Gosberton.

The site at Gosberton.

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Travellers who have been unlawfully occupying a site in Gosberton Clough for around 15 years have finally been moved on.

The families at Broad Drove have now been relocated to a new, permanent, six-acre site built by South Holland District Council at Drain Bank North, off the A16 near Cowbit.

The news site in Drain Bank North, Spalding was developed near another illegal site, pictured here.

The news site in Drain Bank North, Spalding was developed near another illegal site, pictured here.

No families remain living at Broad Drove although they have been given ten days by the council to collect any remaining possessions.

The council says it will be monitoring access to the Broad Drove site throughout to ensure a smooth process.

Once the move is finalised, the Broad Drove site – which is now owned by the council – will be permanently secured and direct action will be taken against any further unauthorised access.

The plans for the new site were controversially approved by the council in May 2014, despite a 500-strong petition and more than 50 letters of objection from the public.

A council spokesman said: “This move brings to a successful conclusion our ambitions to protect the long-term quality of life of our residents whilst meeting our needs to provide suitable homes for all.

“We would like to extend our gratitude to all those involved for working together on what has been a long and difficult process.”

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