Campaigners fear Keynsham traveller site bid will be revived

Published on: 08 Mar 2013

Campaigners fear Keynsham traveller site bid will be revived

Campaigners who fought against proposals for a travellers’ site near Ellsbridge House last year say they fear the plans could be revived.

Members of Keynsham Action Group have spoken out following the news that a new proposal for a travellers’ site at Stanton Wick has been put forward, despite the site being withdrawn from B&NES’ list of preferred locations last year at the same time as the land in Keynsham, off the A4.

The Stanton Wick application – for 12 pitches and 12 day rooms with hardstanding areas – has been submitted by agents Ruston Planning on behalf of a private developer.

Residents in Stanton Wick, who teamed up with Keynsham campaigners last year, have now begun their battle again, appointing a planning consultant to help their case.

KAG spokesman Jonathan Burbage said: “This has two key issues for KAG.  Firstly we need to pay Stanton Wick Action Group £8,000 now rather than having a year to raise the money, but it also questions whether we are truly safe in Keynsham.”

Rosemary Collard, owner of Snapdragons Nursery, which is based in Ellsbridge House, wants to buy the neighbouring area of land to use as a natural forest area for youngsters to explore and inquired with B&NES about purchasing it before buying the premises at the end of 2011.

She has since repeated the inquiry on several occasions, she says.

However, campaigners say a recent email to Ms Collard from a council representative saying the authority was “still considering options” for the site, had done nothing to allay their fears over the future of the land. 

Mr Burbage said: “Please can the people of Keynsham support KAG in the raising of funds to allow us to pay for our legal costs to date.  
“Without this help we will not be in a position to continue the fight should the land next to Ellsbridge House be reconsidered for a travelling site.”

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