Traveller site needs clear up

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A clean up operation has begun at the First Drove traveller site in Burwell.

Contractors for East Cambridgeshire District Council moved onto the site on Tuesday to clear rubbish left there.

The site has now been blocked off and talks are being held with its owners Cambridgeshire County Council about its future.

In January it was the scene of a shooting in which Jessie Smith, 37, died. Mark Mosley, 42 was charged with his murder and others arrested.

Burwell resident Paul Webb said: “My concern as a local resident is when the councils are strapped for cash they then have to foot this bill.

“As ratepayers we have to pay out through our council tax. If this was in private housing then those people would be responsible for the damage.

“The council doesn’t appear to be taking any serious steps to recoup these funds.

“People need somewhere to live but sometimes a minority gives the majority a bad name.”

A spokesman for the district council said: “The site has been left in a poor state by the most recent tenants and we are in the process of arranging for the rubbish and other items which have been left on site to be cleared. We will discuss the future of the site with the county council but in the meantime the entrance to the site has been blocked and officers are monitoring the area on a regular basis.”