‘Last chance’ to give views on traveller sites

An eight week consultation on plans by Bath and North East Somerset Council to earmark up to six locations in the area as authorised traveller sites ends next Wednesday, July 18.Residents in Bath and North East Somerset are being urged by Conservative councillors to send in their comments on the proposals to ensure the Council listens to the views of local residents.

The controversial plans, which include sites within Greenbelt and woodland, have provoked strong opposition from residents in affected areas, who have mounted campaigns to stop several of the sites being adopted.  At a recent Special Meeting of the Council, Conservative councillors tabled a motion calling on the Council halt its current plans and go back to the drawing board to find a more suitable list of sites.  However, this move was defeated after Labour and Independent councillors joined with ruling Liberal Democrats and voted to push ahead with the current plans.

Residents can submit their comments via the Council’s website at www.bathnes.gov.uk/planningfortravellers .

Cllr Geoff Ward, the Conservative Shadow Cabinet Member for Homes and Planning, said:

“This week is the last opportunity for residents to submit their comments on the Council’s traveller sites plan during the current consultation.  We are therefore urging any resident affected by these plans to make their views known and ensure their concerns are listened to.

“Several of the sites currently proposed have provoked major opposition from local residents, but so far the Liberal Democrat Cabinet has been seen to completely ignore their views.  The closing of this consultation gives the Council one last chance to listen to the concerns raised, remove the sites which are clearly unsuitable, and come up with a more appropriate list of sites.  We hope that this is what the Council decides to do, before further damage is done.”