A BARNSLEY MP has joined the battle against a proposed location for a traveller site in Darfield because he says it is not an appropriate location.

Barnsley Council - under its new Sites and Places proposals - has earmarked a plot of land off Doncaster Road as one of two potential locations for a new gypsy site.

But MP Michael Dugher has come out against the plan.

He sais it does not meet government  guidelines as an official report published in 2007 stated that the preferred locations for permanent sites in South Yorkshire were in the West of Barnsley and Rotherham.

He said:“It is clear that the proposed area in Darfield is not an appropriate location for a Travellers’ site. It seems that it does not fit the necessary criteria or meet Government guidelines.

"The land is located away from local services and could be unsafe.

“The site would also encroach on to land that forms a natural green belt between Ardsley and Darfield. And it is important to note that all previous planning applications for that area have been rejected.

“I believe it is only right that local residents have a full say as to what happens in their community - that is why I am listening to local people and to local Councillors.“

Two meetings have been arranged by local councillors to discuss the issue - on 6 September from 6pm at Illsley Road Community Centre, Darfield, then on 15 September from 10.30am, a full public meeting will take place at the same venue.