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New Windmill still on gypsy shortlist

New Windmill still on gypsy shortlist New Windmill still on gypsy shortlist
Updated: 3:06 pm, May 07, 2015

SITES proposed to permanently accommodate gypsies in the district have been whittled down to a final three.

The home of Leamington Football Club off Harbury Lane is among those put forward by council officers, despite the concern of some fans about the future of the New Windmill Ground. Land off Stratford Road near the M40 and a smaller plot off Europa Way make up the shortlist.

Warwick District Council is set to approve the proposals and agree a six-week consultation when they meet on Wednesday, August 13.

Overall the council is trying to find 31 permanent pitches for gypsy and traveller groups over the next 15 years, with 25 of those to be confirmed within the next five years.

A total of 955 responses were received during the previous consultation which ran between March and May.

Three options previously put forward as preferred options are no longer being considered including land at Westham Lane, near Barford; at Birmingham Road between Hatton and Warwick; and at Brookside Willows, Banbury Road.

A petition opposing the Barford site and signed by nearly 500 people was submitted to the council. Problems with obtaining the land and road access resulted in officers dropping the site.

The council anticipate gypsies and travellers will purchase allocated sites and manage themselves.

If approved the latest consultation could begin later this month, after which plans will be submitted to the Secretary of State.