Last call for temporary traveller stopping sites
Travellers set up camp on King George Stadium. Picture by Duncan Young.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 17 Jan 2018
SUGGESTIONS for locations of designated stopping places for members of the travelling community must be in by the end of the week.
North East Lincolnshire Council’s recent call for sites expires on Friday.
Commercial property agents and landlords have been asked to participate with appropriate suggestions for land that could accommodate up to 30 caravans.
By law the local authority must assess and meet the need for both permanent and temporary gypsy and traveller pitches, as a duty under both the Housing Act 2004 and The National Planning Policy Framework and
Planning Policy for Traveller Sites, both published in 2012.
It is also a key requirement of the Local Plan, the framework for the area’s future growth.
The call reads; “North East Lincolnshire, in comparison to other areas, has a low amount of gypsy and traveller visits and illegal encampments. “It was identified that we meet their needs by providing a minimal and temporary designated stopping place.
“This will allow us to lessen the impact of illegal sites on the local area with the aim of reducing the amount and also enabling the police’s powers of ‘move on’. The police can’t do this if we don’t provide somewhere for them to move visitors on to.”
A designated stopping place is an authorised site that can be used as a temporary stopping place for members of the community who are travelling through North East Lincolnshire.
Guidance given to those with suggestions is that the site should be between 0.14 Ha and 0.25 Ha, be level with no steep slopes, and preferably not in a flood risk area, though it can be considered if there is no alternative.
The road access route should be suitable for caravans, emergency vehicles and waste disposal trucks, with a surface suitable for the movement of caravans and large service vehicles.
Reasonable access to connect to a mains water supply is desired, so too the provision of sewage disposal on site, as well as adequate parking for towing and associated vehicles.
It must not be located on contaminated land, beneath pylons, near to heavy industry, waterways or railway lines, with particular consideration given to the health and safety of children who are part of
the travelling group.
Suggestions should also take into account the use of neighbouring land and the impact to and from neighbours, with reasonable access to medical services, shops, and public transport also seen as an aid.
Suggestions should be made via the official form on the council’s website, www.nelincs.gov.uk