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Re: Proposed Gypsy and Traveller Sites 4 years, 6 months ago #1034


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Committee is now discussing pitches for travelling show people
twitter.com/letstalkcentral/status/307167317521993728

Re: Proposed Gypsy and Traveller Sites 4 years, 6 months ago #1035


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Committee agree to recommend site 82 in Biggleswade for travelling show people
twitter.com/letstalkcentral/status/307170865777352707

Re: Proposed Gypsy and Traveller Sites 4 years, 6 months ago #1036


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The meeting is now over, committee recommendations will now go to the executive committee in march
twitter.com/letstalkcentral/status/307171220057620480

Re: Proposed Gypsy and Traveller Sites 4 years, 6 months ago #1038

So there is still a chance that we can oppose Site 16? Thank you so much for all the updating posts!

Re: Proposed Gypsy and Traveller Sites 4 years, 6 months ago #1039


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Yes we can & we are. Still need to put emphasis on the Green Belt issue.

Re: Proposed Gypsy and Traveller Sites 4 years, 6 months ago #1041


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I'm glad the other site has been dropped but I would be happier if there was no sites at all in the area. So what's next? I presume we need to mount a campaign to get this stopped?

Re: Proposed Gypsy and Traveller Sites 4 years, 6 months ago #1042


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From the BBC News

Central Bedfordshire agrees 66 extra traveller pitches


Locations for 66 additional Gypsy and traveller pitches in Bedfordshire have been recommended by councillors.

They are proposed for seven sites, including three existing ones at Tingrith, Caddington and Pulloxhill.

New sites are also planned for Biggleswade, Potton, Stotfold and Faldo Road, west of Barton-Le-Clay.

Central Bedfordshire Council said it had a "statutory obligation" to provide the extra pitches in order to satisfy government requirements.

Councillor Nigel Young said: "We are bound by planning law which came in with the National Planning Policy Framework.

"With a plan, we at least will choose where our Gypsy and traveller communities are and then we can work on community cohesion."

Residents were originally told 157 more pitches were needed to meet community needs up to 2031.

BBC Three Counties' political reporter Paul Scoins said: "The council's plan to cater for all its needs for the next 19 years was deemed to be unrealistic with some councillors saying it was impossible to look that far into the future.

"This agreement will provide the legal requirement for at least 10 years, potentially 13."

Mr Young said: "There will be refreshers between now and [2031]- the numbers may go up, or they may go down."
'Flawed decision'

More than 200 residents attended the meeting and dozens more were left outside the council's Chicksands offices after police had been called in to control the crowd.

Some residents were angry about the decision.

Richard Beechener from Faldo Farm in Barton said: "We are suffering as a rural community of trying to fit a rule that doesn't work into a way of life that we are struggling to maintain.

"We will be fighting tooth and nail to show that this is a flawed decision."

A full consultation is to follow with a final decision made by Secretary of State Eric Pickles.

Re: Proposed Gypsy and Traveller Sites 4 years, 6 months ago #1043


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I'm told that Cllr Ian Shingler did an interview with 3 Counties Radio this morning, We are trying to get an audio copy of the interview which we will post up.

Re: Proposed Gypsy and Traveller Sites 4 years, 6 months ago #1044


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Many thanks to the reader who has pointed me in the direction of the broadcast.

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p014l3nn
the section is 1:02 in.

Re: Proposed Gypsy and Traveller Sites 4 years, 6 months ago #1046


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I'm not sure I believed that site 16 would be recommended yesterday based on the sheer number of uncertainties in the stage 2 assessment that are acknowledged in the report as needing further investigation, the fact it was 1 of only 4 sites under consideration that were on green belt land and the sheet absurdity of anyone in their right mind thinking that crossing 4 lanes of dual carriageway during the rush hour to get to and from school for example is a trivial undertaking. I'm struggling to understand how a process that has obviously been designed to at least give the appearance of objectivity and transparency can still result in decisions that seem to be fundamentally flawed.

Ok, as a resident with a vested interest, what’s next and how can I help?
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