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Representation 9303 on Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers by Mr & Mrs Green

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.

Objection to site.


1. Entry to the site from the A61 endangers both travlleing community accessing the site and other users of the A61. Countless accidents already happen on the A61.
2. Traffic will increase further
3. Safety of residents to the site. Children may run the risk of crossing the A61 outside the site without considering the pelican crossing
4. Concern over privacy for users of the site and those in surrounding properties.
5. Possible covenant. Site only to be used as a local amenity for the residents of the estate.
6. Financial constraints. Cost implications for developing the site must be borne in mind as the financial burden to local taxpayers to provide just 4 plots is inconceivable. It could be underused, ineffective and a waste of tax payers money.
At examination: Written representation

Original submission

As residents of the Hunloke estate, Wingerworth. We would like to object to the proposal of developing ground on Greenway, Wingerworth adjacent to the A61 for provision of plots to sustain travellers to the following reasons.

1. We have resided close to this site for over 30 years and during that time have witnessed COUNTLESS road traffic accidents on the A61. To develop this site with access from the A61 trunk road would endanger not only members of the travelling community attempting to access and exit the site but also through traffic users which may come upon these people. Entry to the site is being proposed from the downhill stretch of a hill with blind brow above and short sharp right bend below. The speed limit for this stretch is also levied at 50mph. Merely suggesting a lowering of the speed limit would be inappropriate and would also fly in the face of residents who have canvassed numerous council members over the years to have the speed limit reduced without success.

2. Increased through traffic. Given the objection above, it should also be noted that during the last 8 years the number of vehicles using this stretch of road has increased by over 10% and with the increased level of development within close proximity that level will surely increase.

3. Safety of residents to the site. As with all families, travellers generally have a number of children with them. Over the busy A61 and just South of the site is a wooded area which has over the years been a play area for children who have to negotiate the very busy trunk road. A pelican crossing has been situated just above the entry to Halcyon Approach and as residents living at the junction of this road we have witnessed some extremely harrowing sights of small children running across the road without using the facility. Our fear is that this place may be too much of a pull for the children on the site who may choose to run the risk of crossing outside the site without considering the pelican crossing.

4. Privacy of users of the site is also questionable as two properties have direct line of sight to anyone using the area and a new development opposite may provide other householders with unobstructed view of users.

5. Possible covenent. We also believe that previous owners of the area only sold the land to the present owners on the understanding it be used as a local amenity for the residents of the estate and for no other reason.

6. Financial Constraints. Being aware that during this consultation period financial implications are not being discussed, cost implications for developing the site must be borne in mind as the financial burden to local taxpayers to provide just 4 plots is inconceivable. It may well be that a small site may not be used by the travelling fraternity and it would be under used, ineffective and and a waste of tax payers money which could be better used elsewhere.

We submit this objection for submission.

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