Have a say on gypsy site plan

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AN EXHIBITION next month will give residents the last chance to have their say on plans for a new gypsy site on Woldgate.

It will take place at St Mark’s Church Centre, Bessingby Gate, between 11am to 6pm on February 1 and will give visitors the chance to look at plans for the proposed 22-pitch site and to discuss any issues with council officials.

The exhibition comes after a planning meeting held last month saw councillors raise concerns that the public had not been given enough information about the scheme.

Under the current proposals, East Riding of Yorkshire Council plans to replace the existing gypsy camp on Woldgate with a new £1.4 million site with improved facilities and four more pitches than the present site.

Previous public consultations led to the council moving the site from the top of Bessingby Hill to a less prominent position closer to the existing site which will be closed down if the new scheme gets the green light.

The council says that a new site is necessary to fulfil obligations towards the gypsy community but the scheme has been met with fierce opposition from local residents and farmers.

A council spokesman said: “The current Woldgate gypsy and traveller site is around 30 years old, is no longer fit for purpose, and cannot be economically maintained.

“The Government is providing grants to redevelop and build new gypsy and traveller sites around the region and the council was successful in obtaining funding to provide a replacement site in Bridlington.

“The current proposal has been selected after examination of various possible sites to the north and west of the town.”

Final approval is dependent on the council obtaining the necessary planning consent and the application is available to view on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council website.