Travellers site takes shape

Work on the new Gypsey Site, on Woldgate'PA1202-7a
Work on the new Gypsey Site, on Woldgate'PA1202-7a

THE new, larger, £1.4 million travellers site in Bridlington’s Woldgate is still on schedule for completion in late spring or early summer.

Land clearance and construction began on the new site, almost opposite the existing site on Woldgate, during the summer after East Riding of Yorkshire Council approved the government funded scheme in March.

When complete it will include 22 pitches, four more than at the old site, a 30-year-old former household waste tip which has been deemed unfit for its purpose.

Methane gas is escaping from the old tip and land under the concrete pitches has been shifting.

According to the council it was past its sell-by date, had become difficult to maintain and is beyond refurbishment.

Replacing it with a new one is the cheapest option.

As well as more pitches the new site which is set into the hill side will include a wardens block, a five-space car park and 11 single storey amenity blocks housing bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Once travellers have moved onto the new site the old site will be cleared and earth excavated from the new site used to safely restore it back to a green field.

The new Woldgate site was selected after public consultation and an earlier plan to locate it off the road to Grindale was strongly opposed by residents.