A CONTROVERSIAL site developed by the council to offer a temporary stopping place for gypsies and travellers has been closed just weeks after it opened.

The 11-pitch site on Grange Lane had temporary toilets and water facilities installed - all have now been removed after enforcement action had to be taken against nine caravans that ignored the two-week limit and stayed for eight weeks.

Enforcement officer Paul Brannan told the Chronicle: "We need to have a further chat with residents before we use it again.

"We have temporarily closed the site pending further discussions about the use of the site in future. We owe it to the residents to do that."