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Mounting Concern Over Delay In Traveller Camp Decision

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Concern is mounting in the North Warwickshire village of Grendon about the delay byWarwickshire County Council in making a decision about whether to locate a Traveller and Gypsy there.
Local residents were told six months ago that a former Waste Site owned by the County Council was being considered as a site to temporarily locate Traveller and Gypsy groups for short periods.

 County Councillor Peter Morson who represents the village on the Council says, “People are frustrated with the lack of a decision. I spoke to the Council Officer responsible for Traveller and Gypsy sites this week. He said nothing has changed and no decision has been made about the site. I could not get a date for a decision to be made. They say they are still considering various options. This has now been going on for six months and people are fed up with the delay.”

Mike O’Brien said,  “The delay on a decision is now blighting local homes. People cannot make a decision to sell their house because this issue affects house values.

“Residents are contacting me regularly to ask for news.  In 2014 a County Council Officer told a public meeting that a decision would be made by last September and we are now in January 2015 and still nothing has happened.

“The Grendon site is clearly unsuitable for this purpose. Anyway, the Borough Council has designated the site in its Local Plan for housing, so Warwickshire County Council should not be trying to change that just because it owns the land and its cheaper to put the Traveller Camp there.”

There is now mounting suspicion in the village about the length of the delay by the Conservative led County Council. Grendon is represented by Labour Councillors who have come out strongly against the proposal.

 Mike O’Brien said, “It has raised suspicions. I hope the game is not to delay it until after the May election and then put it in Grendon in June.  

“We don't actually require the Council to make a decision on their alternative sites at this point.  They can decide on alternatives later.  We just need Grendon excluded and surely they ought to able to do that after six months. This blight on the village of Grendon must end.”

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