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Permanent gypsy and travellers site plan for Leamington's Campion Hills

Leamington Editorial 1st Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CAMPION Hills in Leamington could provide a permanent camp for gypsies and travellers.

Warwick District Council own the land off Black Lane in Lillington and have earmarked it as a potential site to provide 15 permanent pitches.

The council’s Executive committee is expected to a agree to a six week public consultation over the Campion Hills proposal, starting at the end of the month.

The Campion Hills suggestion has come somewhat out of the blue. Sites at Leamington Football Club, Oaklands Farm near Hatton, and land off the Fosse Way had also been considered as potential sites – but are all set to be ruled out for reasons including the cost of buying land, green-belt status and opposition from nearby residents and businesses.

Land off Europa Way was also in the running to provide up to eight temporary pitches for those passing through but potential plans to widen the main road have forced the council to reconsider.

A further 16 permanent pitches will also have to be provided by the council to meet its commitment to create 31 pitches in total in the district for gypsies and travellers.

The council’s decision on sites has not been helped by no one wanting them on their doorstep following a spate of problems with illegal encampments in the district.

Only last month, businesses in Leamington were angered when some 50 caravans and other vehicles parked up on Spartan Close, off Tachbrook Park Drive, for over a week. They complained of customers being intimidated and younsgters trying to steal from stores.

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