Residents in Camerton are celebrating the news that a children’s playground in the Daglands housing estate has been removed from a list of potential travellers’ sites by Bath and North East Somerset Council.
At a public meeting last Wednesday, the authority’s Liberal Democrat Cabinet agreed to withdraw the site from the Council’s consultation following a campaign by local residents and Camerton Parish Council, supported by the area’s local councillor David Veale (Cons, Bathavon West).
At the meeting, Councillor Veale spoke against the inclusion of the land in the Council’s proposed list of traveller sites and called on the Cabinet to drop the site from the consultation. Following the meeting, Cllr Veale said:
“I’m delighted that the Cabinet has bowed to public pressure from the local community in Camerton and removed this site from the consultation. Alongside Camerton Parish Council, I spoke against the allocation of this site at the Cabinet meeting, so I’m very pleased that our strong arguments won the day.
“I’m just astonished that the site ever made the Council’s list in the first place, since it is currently a well-used children’s play area which is valued by the local community and only recently received investment in new equipment. Our priority now will be to keep a watching brief to ensure this site is not reconsidered in future.”