Work begins on planned extension of emergency stopping place for Gypsies and Travellers

Work is due to begin this week on the second phase of Cornwall’s first transit stopping site for Gypsies and Travellers at South Treviddo near Liskeard.

Pitches will be provided to accommodate up to 15 caravans at any one time. The transit site can be used for stays of up to three months in a year. 

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The transit stopping place allows Cornwall Council to guide Gypsy and Traveller families away from unauthorised encampments, such as those seen in Liskeard car parks and Looe’s Millpool car park in recent years, and onto the purpose built site instead, providing access to basic amenities in a secure environment. 

The Council has bid for £825,000 from Homes England to part fund the £1.75 million project which is due to be completed in Spring 2019.  The remainder of the cost is being met by Cornwall Council.

Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for homes said: “Cornwall Council has a legal duty to provide these sites and our Local Plan has identified a need for 60 more transit pitches by 2030.  We aim to provide these across four new transit sites of 10-15 pitches each across the whole of Cornwall.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, said: “It’s really important for us to provide more emergency stopping places and transit sites across Cornwall.  Emergency stopping places and transit sites ensure that Gypsies and Travellers have access to basic amenities that our settled communities take for granted.  These amenities make a huge difference to the health and quality of life of Gypsies and Travellers.”

 

Story posted 04 December 2018