October 26th, 2016

Opposition fails to stop site for gypsies

Opposition fails to stop site for gypsies Opposition fails to stop site for gypsies
Caravans have been a regular feature across the county with no designated space for gypsies and travelers to pitch
Updated: 11:11 am, Aug 22, 2016

A GYPSY stopover site is being created on the outskirts of Southam despite strong objections.

Warwickshire County Council granted planning permission to turn the old road-chipping store on Daventry Road into a temporary stopping place for gypsies and travellers.

It will provide space for ‘up to 12 touring caravans and towing vehicles’ on the A425 leading into Southam from Napton.

Under government legislation, Stratford District Council must provide around 55 permanent pitches for gypsies and travellers over the next 15 years.

The plans, originally submitted back in 2013, met with angry opposition from residents – and another call for the site in December last year was scrapped after a dispute over ownership of the land.

The renewed approved bid gives permission to provide land, toilet and water facilities allowing stays up to 28 days.

Southam town councillor Andrew Crump said they understood the need for sites to exist in the area, he argued Warwickshire County Council should have picked a more sustainable spot.

He told The Observer: “Our biggest concerns are whether this site is the most logical to serve as a emergency stopping place.

“The land will be seriously affected by the dangerous highway and the land itself will not make the best living conditions due to the pollution and noise from the road.

“There are currently no plans to build footpaths to local towns, no plans to provide any provisions for children and no protection from the dangers of the road.

“Despite the council approving the plans, I hope they make the necessary arrangements to build the site in a more suitable location.”

The county council have not yet responded to a request for comment.