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Saturday, January 28, 2017

County's response over travellers agreed

Members of Denbighshire’s Cabinet have agreed a formal response to the Welsh Government on the assessment of accommodation needs of gypsies and travellers.

All local authorities have been required to undertake an up to date assessment by the end of February of the needs of gypsies and travellers and to address any identified need.

Denbighshire County Council’s own assessment recognises the need for a six-pitch permanent residential Gypsy and Traveller site in the county, as well as a transit site for 4-5 pitches to provide accommodation for Gypsies and Travellers travelling through the county.

Councillor Hugh Irving, Cabinet Lead Member for Communities, said: “We fully recognise the need and duty to review accommodation issues for gypsies and travellers.

“Historically we have seen unlawful encampments on Council and private land, predominantly in the north of the county and the position will continue if we don’t take a proactive approach to managing the accommodation  needs of gypsies and travellers.

“Resolving unlawful encampments will inevitably result in costs for the Council, and providing facilities for residential and transit accommodation would certainly help address this issue.

“We will now submit our formal response to Welsh Government and await the outcome."

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