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Travelling families can stay
5:00am Tuesday 23rd October 2012 in News
PLANNERS have given temporary planning permission for two families to stay at a travelling showmen’s site in Hampshire – despite pleas from villagers.
Several travelling families have been based at the unauthorised site near Shedfield since 1992, leaving in the summer for the fairground circuit and returning in the autumn.
Of the seven pitches at The Nurseries on Botley Road, three have had temporary planning permissions but all expired this year.
Jess Bond, of Shedfield Parish Council, said: “The continuing encroachment onto the countryside is wholly inappropriate.
“How can it be right for the city council to continue to endorse the actions of people ignoring the planning rules whilst applying the rules so vigorously to everyone else?
“The city council is not fulfilling its obligations and the people of Shedfield are paying a high price.”
The committee heard that the council is legally obliged to find pitches for gypsies, travellers and travelling showpeople.