Public meeting over Poole traveller site attracts nearly 200 residents ahead of crucial council decision

The packed meeting

The packed meeting

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NEARLY 200 concerned residents turned out for a public meeting over the prospect of a transit site for travellers in Creekmoor.

The meeting, held at Creekmoor Community Centre on Saturday night, saw standing room only at the facility, as residents met with ward councillors to discuss the potential site.

It was held just two days before an extraordinary meeting at Borough of Poole tonight, where members will be asked to approve the sites and authorise a planning application to enable the borough to have temporary stopping places by the summer.

Cllr Judy Butt, ward councillor for Creekmoor, said the meeting was “very successful.”

“There was no nastiness or anything and what we found touching was that the residents were more concerned about the travellers being on a site which is not at all suitable for health and safety reasons.

“We will be talking to a group about perhaps waiting a year on this to continue lobbying to get the law changed.

“Our main points always come back to the cost and the safety of the site.”

The public meeting comes after a delegation from Poole went to London to lobby Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis over the issue of transit sites.

Cllr Mike White, deputy leader of Borough of Poole, said: “Poole is keen to share a site with its neighbours, Bournemouth or Dorset, where travellers who set up camp illegally on public open space or private land, could be moved on by the police.

“But sharing a site instead of each local authority providing its own is likely to need a change in the law,” said Cllr White.

Organised by Poole MP Robert Syms, the meeting was also attended by Annette Brooke, MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole; Cllr Mike Brooke, Lib Dem leader on Borough of Poole and representatives of Dorset Police.

The meeting was one of six initiatives agreed by the council after a summit held last October to try to find solutions following a summer of illegal encampments across the borough.

One of the other points agreed was to consider searching for a temporary stopping place, and from 90 sites considered, two were put forward to cabinet, at Marshes End, Creekmoor for 27 pitches and land north of the B&Q car park in Broadstone Way, for four pitches.

Follow live coverage of the meeting tonight with a live blog starting on the Bournemouth Echo site from 5.30pm

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9:35am Mon 27 Jan 14

Wackerone says...

Clever of Judy Butt to put a spin on this. No, the local people were not concerned about the travellers welfare being on a site not suitable for health and welfare reasons, they DON'T want them in their neighbourhood full stop!
Clever of Judy Butt to put a spin on this. No, the local people were not concerned about the travellers welfare being on a site not suitable for health and welfare reasons, they DON'T want them in their neighbourhood full stop! Wackerone
  • Score: 17

9:53am Mon 27 Jan 14

BarrHumbug says...

What amazing selfless compassion the residents of Creekmoor have, being only concerned for the travellers health and safety.

You can't blame them though, if they objected for the REAL reasons then that would contravene somebody's european human rights to take a dump in the corner of a car park!
What amazing selfless compassion the residents of Creekmoor have, being only concerned for the travellers health and safety. You can't blame them though, if they objected for the REAL reasons then that would contravene somebody's european human rights to take a dump in the corner of a car park! BarrHumbug
  • Score: 14

10:29am Mon 27 Jan 14

DorsetFerret says...

I don’t recall any resident feeling sympathy for travellers having to stay at Marshes end. However, for those who may have missed it, this location was one found ‘unsuitable’ by the consultants employed by the council at a cost in excess of £200.000 back in 2011/ 2012. It was deemed so unsuitable it was not included as an option. The three recommended sites were (a) Turlin Moor (b) Canford Heath and (c) Branksome Triangle. My question still is. Why have none of these ‘recommended options’ been chosen and will rate payers get a refund on this waste of monet?
I don’t recall any resident feeling sympathy for travellers having to stay at Marshes end. However, for those who may have missed it, this location was one found ‘unsuitable’ by the consultants employed by the council at a cost in excess of £200.000 back in 2011/ 2012. It was deemed so unsuitable it was not included as an option. The three recommended sites were (a) Turlin Moor (b) Canford Heath and (c) Branksome Triangle. My question still is. Why have none of these ‘recommended options’ been chosen and will rate payers get a refund on this waste of monet? DorsetFerret
  • Score: 11

10:35am Mon 27 Jan 14

John T says...

Wackerone wrote:
Clever of Judy Butt to put a spin on this. No, the local people were not concerned about the travellers welfare being on a site not suitable for health and welfare reasons, they DON'T want them in their neighbourhood full stop!
No ifs, no Butts, just the sort of honest compassion everyone has learnt to expect from Conservatives.
After all, we are all in this together!
[quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: Clever of Judy Butt to put a spin on this. No, the local people were not concerned about the travellers welfare being on a site not suitable for health and welfare reasons, they DON'T want them in their neighbourhood full stop![/p][/quote]No ifs, no Butts, just the sort of honest compassion everyone has learnt to expect from Conservatives. After all, we are all in this together! John T
  • Score: 8

12:35pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Turlin Moor. No brainer.
Turlin Moor. No brainer. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 1

7:03pm Mon 27 Jan 14

i have heard it all now says...

Turlin Moor yes
Turlin Moor yes i have heard it all now
  • Score: 0

10:23pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Daveyy says...

Glad we were notified of this proposal, being a Creekmoor resident. This is the first we have heard. What happened to our leaflet through the door and our invite to this meeting???
Glad we were notified of this proposal, being a Creekmoor resident. This is the first we have heard. What happened to our leaflet through the door and our invite to this meeting??? Daveyy
  • Score: 0

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