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New Site Sought For Gypsy And Traveller Plan

Monday March 12 2012


Barnsley Town Hall Barnsley Town Hall


A PLAN to develop a gypsy and traveller site at Stairfoot has been scrapped because the development land was contaminated.

Barnsley Council had earmarked a site on land off Sandygate Lane, Stairfoot for the ten-pitch site after it emerged the borough had won a grant of £800,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to improve facilities for gypsy's and travellers in the borough.

But, it emerged today that the original development site has had to be scrapped - and the council is now on the look-out for a new site to develop.

Coun Karen Dyson, the Mayor of Barnsley, formed an action group against the proposed site being used for travellers and has been campaigning against it since 2007.

She said: "You do always get a feeling of not in my back yard in plans like this, but in this case we were genuinely concerned about the contamination on the site.

"We said all along it was not an appropriate place as the location didn't fit the criteria. We've been fighting against this for years so its a relief that the decision has been made to not go ahead."

An alternative location in the borough is now being sought for the gypsy and traveller site.

A council spokesman said: "Officers have been undertaking detailed site investigation of a possible site at Sandygate Lane, Stairfoot, Barnsley.

"The investigation has revealed that the ground conditions on the former colliery and chemical works site are likely to require significant remedial work to deal with contaminants in the ground.

"The potential cost of the work means that this site is unlikely to offer the best value for the government grant investment, so the council has decided not to pursue this option further.

"The HCA funding for a new site in the borough is secure and the council intends to continue and broaden its search for an appropriate location to meet the identified need."

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Reply Posted by DizzyGillespie on Tuesday March 13 2012 at 17:01
Great news for Stairfoot/Ardsley residents. Should have never been considered in the first place. Wonder who will land for the next "proposed site" without being adequately informed... 

Reply Posted by DizzyGillespie on Tuesday March 13 2012 at 17:01
Great news for Stairfoot/Ardsley residents. Should have never been considered in the first place. Wonder who will land for the next "proposed site" without being adequately informed... 

Reply Posted by Darren Bullock on Tuesday March 13 2012 at 17:05
I as a resident of Mapplewell feel that

Reply Posted by Darren Bullock on Tuesday March 13 2012 at 17:05
I as a resident of Mapplewell feel that

Reply Posted by Admiral Air Biscuit on Tuesday March 13 2012 at 17:16
Very well put Dizzy

Reply Posted by Admiral Air Biscuit on Tuesday March 13 2012 at 17:30
Due to an over eager keyboard i'll try again..... Your comments are well put and I feel a well thought out plan by the council is needed before continuing. How much time and money was wasted looking at Stairfoot. The site was never going to be adequate to house families and their working horses.  I wholeheartedly believe a site close to Junction 38 would be a better solution. This would give them access to the M1 and should then stop illegal sights popping up around the town.

Reply Posted by Barnsleyfc on Thursday March 15 2012 at 15:48
no travllers should be in barnsley, get rid of them

Reply Posted by Barnsleyfc on Thursday March 15 2012 at 15:48
no travllers should be in barnsley, get rid of them

Reply Posted by Dave on Thursday March 15 2012 at 16:04
There is plenty of space on the way out to manchester just off woodhead give them a small plot up there to squat on.

Reply Posted by Diane_price on Thursday March 15 2012 at 16:07
is that why the council is charging me rent for a bedroom i dont use so we can house the gypsys in barnsley

Reply Posted by Maureen on Thursday August 2 2012 at 16:33
Have spoken to Gypsy & Planning plans officer about proposed gypsy sites in Darfield and was told of one on Shaw lane, Carlton too. I am absolutely livid about this as it will de-value our houses straight away. The more people that object, the better.