Monday, October 22, 2012

On Wednesday 24th October 2012 at County Hall Morpeth a petitions committee is to be held at 09:15am prior to The Administrations Executive Committee at 10:30am. A petition has been submitted, signed by 677 residents of Cowpen and Kitty Brewster against the siting of a proposed Gypsy and Roma Travellers site at either Coniston Road or Ennerdale Road, Riverside Industrial Estate, Cowpen, Blyth.

Labour backs residents in gypsy site wrangle

Councillor’s welcome ‘massive show of local feeling’.

On Wednesday 24th October 2012 at County Hall Morpeth a petitions committee is to be held at 09:15am prior to The Administrations Executive Committee at 10:30am. A petition has been submitted, signed by 677 residents of Cowpen and Kitty Brewster against the siting of a proposed Gypsy and Roma Travellers site at either Coniston Road or Ennerdale Road, Riverside Industrial Estate, Cowpen, Blyth.

Local Councillor Grant Davey spoke to the press following the report to Northumberland’s South East Area Committee on 12th September and said

‘The County Council needs to ensure they build up the confidence of local people that this maximum 21day stay transit site will be both well managed and that travellers will be encouraged not to illegally camp in South East Northumberland once their stopover period expires’.

Councillor's Susan and Grant Davey will attend the petitions committee to assist and support the petitioners from their wards through the process.

Councillor Susan Davey of Cowpen ward said

‘Since the Area Committee meeting on 12th September Northumberland County Council have sat back and done nothing. I am disappointed for local residents but not surprised by the Administration’s actions that the time has not been put to better use to explain the reasons for choosing this site above all others, particularly the site preferred by Blyth Town Councillors behind NCC's waste disposal facility at Bebside".

Councillor Grant Davey of Kitty Brewster ward said

‘The council chose a number of sites and wheedled them out using the DCLG scoring criteria, most are situated on industrial land in Blyth. They were also offered a site at Barrington Road Industrial Estate by the landowner but turned it down because it was industrial land. They mustn't realise that industrial estates in Blyth are also situated on industrial land!" “I hope the committee take notice of local feelings and instruct the Administrations Executive accordingly as a report has already been prepared that recommends only one site, that at Ennerdale Road. They are asked to move the issue to the planning stage and change this industrial land to Housing Land. It’s my view that the council must listen to the strength of feeling and take this into account or they will stand accused of riding roughshod over local views’.

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