THESE tents were spotted pitched on the derelict Firepool site in Taunton.

The land has been vacant for more than ten years after the town's livestock market was relocated to North Petherton.

Landowner Taunton Deane Borough Council wants to redevelop the plot with flats, shops, offices, leisure facilities and restaurants.

Alan Garbutt, who took the photos, said: "Is this the idea the council has for the redevelopment of the market site?

"Seems like nobody from the council has noticed the tent encampment and the mess they are making.....again!"

A spokesman for Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC), said: "We are aware of unauthorised tents pitched at Firepool, on TDBC land.

"It is suspected that this is a homelessness issue.

"The situation is being monitored, support is being offered to the tent occupants and steps taken to resolve the situation.”

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