Council condemned for failure to recoup cost of travellers’ sewage site

South Cambridgeshire District Council, which spent £13,000 installing sewage facilities at a travellers’ site, has been criticised for recovering just £500 from those who live there.

DAILY TELEGRAPH, 28Sep09: The council forked out £13,165 on a private sewage system for travellers at Smithy Fen in Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, in January 2008.

And despite site residents failing to repay the costs as required by law the only person investigated over the case was a councillor who criticised the move.

Bills for £355.83 were hand-delivered to 28 of the 37 plot-holders when the work was completed in October 2008. But almost two years later the council has received just £519 – or four per cent – of the total owed by travellers occupying the site.

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