Rethink on gypsy policy

PUBLISHED: 12:36 02 February 2007 | UPDATED: 19:56 01 June 2010

A COUNCIL is to think again over how it chooses suitable locations for gypsy and traveller sites. All 56 sites previously identified by South Holland District Council will be re-evaluated, with sites at Sutton Bridge and Long Sutton no longer considered t

A COUNCIL is to think again over how it chooses suitable locations for gypsy and traveller sites.

All 56 sites previously identified by South Holland District Council will be re-evaluated, with sites at Sutton Bridge and Long Sutton no longer considered the most suitable.

More than 150 people went along to a meeting of the council at which it was decided the procedure for selecting sites should be sent back to the council's cabinet.

Sutton Bridge residents had collected 500 signatures on a petition and in Long Sutton car salesman Melvin Upton said he feared for the future of his business if a travellers' site opened on adjoining land.

The council agreed adequate provision should be made in the draft 2007/8 budget to provide 15 residential pitches and a temporary stopping place capable of accommodating 10 caravans.

Some councillors had voiced concerns that insufficient weight had been placed on locating sites further away from houses and that more rural sites had been discounted too easily.

A confidential paper will be considered by cabinet setting out options for enforcement action against existing unlawful sites.

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