When news happens text pix and video to 80360. Start your message with BE then leave a space.
Exploring strategy for travellers' site
CIVIC leaders will consider establishing a ‘temporary stopping place’ in a bid to address Poole’s traveller issue, which has cost council tax-payers more than £200,000 over seven years.
Borough of Poole planning policy manager Nigel Jacobs briefly outlined the idea at a Civic Centre meeting yesterday, which had been called to address the borough’s gypsy and traveller strategy.
After a two-hour session, including presentations and a lively question and answer session, chairman Cllr Judy Butt outlined six main points the council would be taking forward.
- A commitment to carry on with the search for a transit site.
- To take up the offer of MP Robert Syms to meet with the Home Office to consider varying the law on authorities sharing transit sites.
- To consider searching for a temporary stopping site.
- To consider the use of pre-injunctions, to take legal advice on this.
- Provision of toilets and skips for travellers.
- To review communications and access to the council website so the community knows what is happening.
Poole councillors, local residents, Dorset Police Assistant Chief Constable David Lewis, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill, and Poole MPs Robert Syms and Annette Brooke were among those speaking at the meeting.
Residents spoke of a range of issues including possible places for transit sites, greater protection for public open spaces, intimidation by travellers and costs of clearing up.
Delivering these concluding points Cllr Butt said: “We do need to provide more protection, but protection is not going to come, because of cost and other factors, in the way of fortress Poole.
“We will do our best where possible to put in extra forms of protection, but there isn’t going to be blanket protection.
“But we hope, with these six main planks put in place, this will offer more effective management, ergo protection, for our borough.”
- Travellers' site row: we've nowhere to put transit camp, say Bournemouth and Poole leaders
- Mayor calling on Poole council to provide temporary traveller site by June 2014
- Poole park and ride ‘not available for traveller transit site’
- Bournemouth and Poole urged to set up travellers’ sites
- Poole charity workers man Holton Lee site after travellers attempt to move in
- We've no obvious place for a traveller transit site, say Poole bosses
- Bournemouth council: how we're tackling issue of unauthorised travellers camps
- Frightened mum attacked by dog
- Residents form 'human barricade' after travellers move onto Branksome Rec
- Steam Fair boss: our transit camp is not a long term solution for travellers
- Councils have "completely failed us", say travellers
- Councils should act faster over illegal traveller sites, says government
- Police commissioner Martyn Underhill calls for changes to traveller laws
- UPDATED: Temporary camp set up to ease illegal occupations
- PICTURES: Travellers leave Broadstone Rec - but look what they left behind
- Travellers on the move: Goodbye Broadstone Rec, hello Haskells
- UPDATED: Turlin Moor travellers move on to Canford Heath
- Meeting planned to tackle traveller problem
- No-go area: call for crisis talks as travellers take over beauty spots
- Councillors call for more laws to deal with travellers after "unacceptable behaviour" closes Pelhams Park leisure centre
- No defences: Anger as travellers move around leaving councils facing battle to stop them
- UPDATED: Travellers moved on from Slades Farm and Baiter - but turn up at Pelhams and Whitecliff instead
- UPDATED: Turlin Moor and Slades Farm play host to travellers
- We'll make sure travellers don't return after "invasion", say residents
- Council admits to making mistakes over handling of West Parley travellers
- UPDATED: Police close play area at Whitecliff after excrement found on play equipment
- Traveller child's knife death threat to gran
Please note: Any racially offensive term, or any comment inciting violence or hatred is in breach of our terms and conditions and will result in your account being suspended without notice. Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers are legally recognised as ethnic groups, and protected by the Race Relations Act. Please do not use the term gypsies unless you are certain that the group you are referring to are Romany Gypsies. Thanks for your co-operation.
Comments are closed on this article.