WISBECH: Enforcement officers issue legal challenge to prevent unauthorised travellers' site

ENFORCEMENT action against an unauthorised travellers site has begun on a site near Wisbech. Officials from Fenland District Council are pictured delivering enforcement notices to Reuben Stewart to prevent Little Acre off the A47 bypass at Wisbech being

ENFORCEMENT action against an unauthorised travellers' site has begun on a site near Wisbech.

Officials from Fenland District Council are pictured delivering enforcement notices to Reuben Stewart to prevent Little Acre off the A47 bypass at Wisbech being used as a travellers' site.

The council want to curb Mr Stewart's breach of a ruling that prevents the site expanding.

A year ago Fenland councillors were forced to delay legal action against Mr Stewart after he lodged an appeal but following an unsuccessful outcome, the council is now free to begin legal proceedings.

Steve Robshaw, Fenland's planning enforcement officer, warned councillors in September last year he doubted Mr Stewart's contention that he would not develop the site without permission.

"Officers consider that there is a significant risk that development may commence," warned Mr Robshaw.

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The inspector who conducted the inquiry into Mr Stewart's plans to use Little Acre for family members said no compelling or exceptional reasons had been put forward to make that possible.

Mr Stewart says he has "tried to be abide by the law" but said he would not sit back and see his family with nowhere to go.

Unless Mr Stewart returns the site to its former use, Fenland Council plans to prosecute him.

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