Clean up of illegal encampments costs public purse more than £8,500

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THE cost of clearing up illegal encampments and traveller sites in East Cambridgeshire has set taxpayers back more than £8,500.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show that East Cambridgeshire District Council has stumped up £8558.88 over the last four years cleaning up and carrying out repairs to various sites across the district.

The bill included the cost of enforcement, legal processes, waste management, removal and storage of vehicles following eviction and works carried out to

clean up sites.

2009/10 was the most costly year for the authority, when it forked out £2478.03, but the cost has been coming down in recent years, with the cost last year coming in at £1908.99, down about 23 per cent.

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