Travellers' site plans thrown out


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

A village will not become a “dumping ground” for travellers, a senior councillor has said.

Deputy leader of Shropshire Council, Steve Charmley, said plans for a second traveller site in Park Hall was “the wrong place for the wrong people”, adding his division – which includes Whittington – had already taken its share of travellers.

His comments came as members of the North Shropshire Planning Committee threw out plans by council officers to establish three pitches in Drenewydd.

Cllr Charmley said: “This plan is far from ideal. Residents don’t want any more in that area. The community hasn’t recovered from the extension to the existing site 18 months ago.

“I refuse to let Whittington become a dumping ground for the rest of the county and I ask that you respect that.”

Local farmer John Wigley spoke at the meeting on behalf of residents, who had submitted more than 200 objections and a string of petitions against the plans.

He said: “We already suffer with rubbish thrown out by the existing site – beer cans, bottles, even used nappies – that have to be picked up.”

Members of the committee heard the site had been planned for a family who could not live on the existing site because of trouble between them and other travellers. But officers said if they were not moved, then another family could use it.

Councillor Vince Hunt said: “I don’t think this site is suitable.

“If there are pitches on the existing site but they don’t get on with each other, it’s not up to us to sort that out. And I don’t think putting them a few hundred yards away will make much of a difference.”

The proposal had also received objections from Network Rail because of the proximity of the site to the Wrexham to Shrewsbury line and members agreed it would not be safe to approve it.

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