Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Site provision for travellers to be discussed

Council chiefs will be asked to approve a set of site selection criteria to continue the work looking into site provision for the core Leeds based Gypsy and Traveller families.

At a meeting of the council’s executive board next week (Wednesday 14 December), if the recommended site selection criteria is approved, the next steps will be for officers to identify sites that would potentially be available for accommodation for Gypsies and Travellers.

The site selection criteria that have been put forward take into account the current and emerging guidance from the government, the council’s policies and also how to make best use of council owned land assets.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and housing said:

“The process of identifying potential site options for Gypsies and Travellers is still at an initial stage. This is another key step forward in our work towards reducing the number of unauthorised encampments across the city.

“Our new approach is already proving successful – the number of unauthorised encampments is down 23% on this time last year, the courts backed our application for an injunction preventing encampments across the Burley area and we have improved the management of our existing traveller site at Cottingley Springs.

“We will of course ensure we consult with local people affected by decision and options for sites in the future, and also the gypsy and traveller community.

“There are a number of factors that we need to consider and these will feed heavily into any decision we make.”



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