A protest sign has appeared at the site of a proposed Traveller site in Nuneaton.
The sign – which reads “No gypsy site here” – has been placed at the spot on the junction of Stoney Road and Tuttle Hill where Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council plan to allow a Traveller family live.
As we reported in our newsletter, some residents in Stoney Road were informed of the plans in a letter, and given just two weeks to have their say.
CoventryLive has received many messages from angry residents who were unaware of the proposals until we pubished our story.
Some residents – including one living just 200 yards away – claim they were not made aware of the plans.
They said: “I am disappointed that we were not sent a copy of the letter, despite living only 200 yards from this site.
“The letter was not circulated correctly by omitting most of the nearby residents and gave next to no notice during a holiday period.
“The council is required to get the best value when disposing/utilising assets and therefore this land, if not required, should be available for open tender.
“Although I’m sure the majority of the travelling community are law abiding citizens, unfortunately they have a reputation anti-social behaviour. If this land is opened up, they won’t stop at two caravans, the area will be unsafe for pedestrians and it is likely that rubbish will be allowed to build up, with the associated rat problem.
“We already have issues with car break-ins, speeding and people trying to cut through the quarry fencing, this will only make things worse.
“There have been vans and vehicles congregating in Arrow Road and Baillin Road. We understand that the travelling community previously rejected this land.”
A spokesman for Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council previously said an options appraisal for the proposed sale, or grant of a lease of the site, is being considered and the public were being consulted.
CoventryLive has made repeated attempts to ask the borough council about its next steps in regards to the proposals.
A comment has yet to be provided.
Shortage of traveller space
A journalist and activist previously told CoventryLive of a “chronic” shortage of pitches for Travellers across the country.
Lisa Smith was speaking after a series of stand-offs between travellers and local authorities in Coventry and Warwickshire in recent months.
She said nomadic groups across the UK have been left with few places to stop – calling it a failure of the government.
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