More con­sul­ta­tion on trav­eller camp plans

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

PRO­POS­ALS for two new le­gal trav­eller sites in Nechells have been with­drawn by Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil.

The au­thor­ity had iden­ti­fied land at the corner of As­ton Brook Street and Hu­bert Street to ac­com­mo­date four ve­hi­cles and the 80-space car park at the corner of Proc­tor Street and Ru­pert Street, to cater for an­other 15 ve­hi­cles.

Both sites, which would also have had their own util­ity blocks, were cho­sen due to their “ease of ac­cess to the tran­sient com­mu­nity”.

The coun­cil has stated the move to with­draw the pair of plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions was a tem­po­rary one ahead of fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion to be car­ried out. The pro­pos­als had prompted con­cerns, par­tic­u­larly the one at Ru­pert Street where some felt it was too close to res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

While op­po­si­tion Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lors crit­i­cised the Labour ad­min­is­tra­tion over the prin­ci­ple of cre­at­ing fur­ther le­gal trav­eller sites, in ad­di­tion to the cur­rent one at Tame­side Drive in Cas­tle Vale. Cllr Des Flood (Con, Bart­ley Green) said the au­thor­ity was pri­ori­tis­ing trav­ellers over res­i­dents, de­scrib­ing it as an ‘un­be­liev­able’ use of tax­pay­ers’ money. Cllr John Lines (Con, Bart­ley Green) said the land should be used for hous­ing in­stead.

A coun­cil spokes­woman added: “The with­drawal of plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for two trav­eller sites is a tem­po­rary one. It is the in­ten­tion of the coun­cil to con­sult in due course in re­spect of both of the sites in line with the Birm­ing­ham Devel­op­ment Plan 2031.”

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