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Representation 9240 on Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers by Mr Darrel Widdeson

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers - Main Matter 15 - Whether or not the plan would make appropriate provision for gypsy and traveller accommodation over the plan period having regard to the evidence of need and proposed sites?, Issue - Whether or not the proposed sites identified for gypsy and traveller accommodation would be soundly based in terms of their location and site specific impacts, Site GT/06 - Greenway, Wingerworth, Question 25
Representation: Summary by Officer.

Only possible vehicle access would be direct from the A61 - a road which is already struggling to cope with the current volume of traffic - meaning that access to and from the site would be, at best, problematic and, at worst, dangerous.

I understood that a historic application to install play equipment to the site was refused because of the lack of appropriate vehicular access. It would therefore nonsense for the Council to suggest that more regular vehicle movements could be accommodated.
At examination: Written representation

Original submission

I wish to strongly object to the proposed site for the following reasons,

1. The site needs to accommodate the needs of both travellers and existing residents
2. The site is too small. The site is little more than a large domestic plot and use by any number of caravans would result in an unacceptable density, noise nuisance and invasion of privacy - for those intending to use the site and for the immediate neighbours.
3. The land was originally designated as a play area for children living on the Adlington Estate. It is regularly used by residents as a play area and footpath; so, to change that usage, would remove a valuable amenity from the community.
4. The site could be covered by a legacy covenant exists over the site prohibiting its use for anything other than by the children of the local estate, Investigations are being carried out to ascertain the validity
5. The only possible vehicle access would be direct from the A61 - a road which is already struggling to cope with the current volume of traffic - meaning that access to and from the site would be, at best, problematic and, at worst, dangerous.
6. Thousands of new homes are being built within a one-mile radius of the proposed site this is rapidly changing the area in to that of an overdeveloped one rather than rural.
7. I understood that a historic application to install play equipment to the site was refused because of the lack of appropriate vehicular access. It would therefore nonsense for the Council to suggest that more regular vehicle movements could be accommodated.
8. The Liberal Democrats and Wingerworth Parish Council took up with police several months ago the problem of reduced availability of officers and increasing levels of crime in the Wingerworth area area. Their resourcing permits only one additional PCSO to be allocated to whole the Wingerworth and Rural area.
9. Travellers are usually self-employed in activities such as tarmacking, tree felling etc which all need storage space. This site would be too small to accommodate all the above.

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