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Representation 9661 on Examination Consultation Provision for Gypsies and Travellers by Cllr Barry Lewis

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: I realise that the Greenway site has been removed from the process but I am also given to understand you are still accepting views on the matter. I support the views of many residents local to this location that the proposed site is unsuitable for the purpose and would exacerbate an already difficult local traffic situation - a view arrived at, I believe, by officers of NEDDC following consultation with DCC as Highways Authority. I also understand, and which may be the more likely reason for the sites withdrawal, there is a covenant on the site as a condition of gifting it to NEDDC that stipulates that the usage of the site should be restricted to recreation. Could you clarify please?
At examination: Written representation

Original submission

I am writing as the County Councillor for Wingerworth and Shirland Division and Ward Member for NEDDC for Wingerworth to express my concern about the proposed Gypsy and Traveller Sites for both Wingerworth and Woolley Moor, which closely borders my electoral division. Therefore, please accept this as my submission to the consultation.

I have received 11 emails relating to the Temperance Hill site Woolley Moor and Greenway, Wingerworth.

I realise that the Greenway site has been removed from the process but I am also given to understand you are still accepting views on the matter. I support the views of many residents local to this location that the proposed site is unsuitable for the purpose and would exacerbate an already difficult local traffic situation - a view arrived at, I believe, by officers of NEDDC following consultation with DCC as Highways Authority. I also understand, and which may be the more likely reason for the sites withdrawal, there is a covenant on the site as a condition of gifting it to NEDDC that stipulates that the usage of the site should be restricted to recreation. Could you clarify please?

What is not made clear in this consultation and I therefore pose, as a question that needs a clear answer, is what a 'Pitch' actually constitutes? In other words, how many caravans and how many vehicles can constitute a single pitch?

That aside, the Temperance Hill proposed site at Woolley Moor is located in a countryside location, on a green field that in my view is inappropriate for a development of this nature. The location affords little access to amenities or services nearby, such as doctors, shops, chemists or post office.

This leads me to my second question, what consultation has been done, prior to launching this one, with the traveller and gypsy community to ascertain the suitability of these sites?

Finally, I would like to make the point, one doubtless made by many others, that this consultation was poorly advertised to start with and seemed to elicit a desire or hope that this would slip under the radar of the public. I am sure the Authority will no doubt deny this but in an age of proactive communications and social media no Local Authority should launch such a potentially contentious consultation in such a low-key way.

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