Two sites put forward to house illegal travllers two sites have been identified in Northumberland’s biggest town as the preferred locations to help council bosses tackle the problem of illegal gypsy and traveller encampments.Sites at Ennerdale Road and Coniston Road in Blyth – on the edge of the town’s industrial estates – have been earmarked as the best places to put the eight-pitch transit facility.
They have scored highest in terms of suitability after the county council examined a total of 14 potential locations for the site, which will be built using £311,000 in funding from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency.
Executive members of the council will be asked to decide next month which of the two sites should be chosen for the submission of an application for planning permission.
The site will make it easier for the authority to act against unauthorised travellers’ encampments, set up in Northumberland.
Last year 700 people signed a petition after travellers were allowed by the council to temporarily move on to the caravan and camp site at Wansbeck Riverside Park, near Ashington.