'Confusion' over travellers' site

Published on: 18 Sep 2012

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'Confusion' over travellers' site

Bath Road“Great confusion and uncertainty” surrounds the proposals to set up a travellers’ site next to Ellsbridge House in Keynsham, says the action group opposing the scheme.

An announcement last month by the ruling Lib Dem group at B&NES Council that the site was one of three that would be rejected was shortly followed by a statement that it was “almost certain” the A4 location would not be included in the authority’s final plans.

A spokesman for Keynsham Action Group (KAG) said residents were now waiting for the final decision at the Cabinet meeting on September 12.

The spokesman said: “KAG were delighted to receive a copy of the Lib Dem press release stating that the site next to Ellsbridge House had been rejected from the list of proposed sites for travellers.  We believe that this decision has been taken due to the strong opposition by the action group and local residents, with the additional pressure generated by the judicial review process that we jointly entered into with Stanton Wick and Radstock. 

“However, there was a subsequent press release from B&NES stating that the site will ‘almost certainly’ be removed, which has led to great confusion and uncertainty.  Considerable effort continues to be committed by all members of KAG in this campaign while we wait for the final decision to be announced at this month’s Cabinet meeting.”

Councillor Tim Ball (Lib-Dem, Twerton), Cabinet Member for Homes and Planning, said: “We are listening very closely to the views of local communities.

“In response to feedback, Bath & North East Somerset Council intends to revise the criteria by which any proposed sites are selected for our gypsy and traveller site plan. As things stand and under these proposed new criteria, I believe it is almost certain that the three sites suggested at Stanton Wick, Ellsbridge House, and Radstock Infant School canteen will not be included in our final plans.”

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