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Complaints Made About Gypsy Pitch Plans

Wednesday October 30 2013

ABOUT 200 complaints have been made by angry residents following plans to provide a gypsy pitch in their village.

Fred Harston, chairman of Royston Tenants and Residents Association (TARA) says he and Royston councillor Caroline Makinson have handed in the complaints to Barnsley Council.

A storage caravan at Grange Farm could be changed into gypsy accommodation plus a day room and utilities block if plans are given the green light.

There would also be improvement works to the land including the removal of a railway carriage, lock up container and other materials.

Fred said the TARA group had written to residents following concerns and collected complaints from them to give them a voice.

"The community feels this can open the flood gates for a much larger project which is a gypsy site," he said.

"How many caravans you can get on there, I don't know."

He said residents didn't want a gypsy site in their back yard and said there could be an increase of traffic on the roads and increased gypsy activity in the area.

According to the proposals, the existing caravan could turned into accommodation despite being in the greenbelt because of 'very special circumstances'.

These include that the applicant, and her sons who are from a gypsy family, have been living in rented accommodation but are in urgent requirement of a new home.

Due to a lengthy waiting list for pitches, the caravan provides an ideal solution and would mean they could stay in the area, the plans said.