Final call for short-stay traveller site applications

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Suffolk’s public sector leaders are looking suggestions for sites that could be used as short-stay stopping spots for the Gypsy and Traveller community.

The Call for Sites, which launched on September 23, has already resulted in a number of potential sites being put forward but there is still time for further suggestions to be made over the next week.

The aim of the scheme is to identify land that could be used for three Short Stay Stopping Sites in Suffolk.

At present there are no sites of this type in the County.

Councillor Sarah Stamp, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “All public sector leaders are committed to delivering these sites as part of our responsibility to ensure the needs of all the people who live in our community are met.

“Our commitment is to provide the right sites, in the right locations.

“We have received a number of suggestions so far and we expect more to come during the final week.

“Any potential site will have to meet strict suitability criteria.”

Russell Williams, Gypsy and Traveller Lead for the Suffolk Chief Executives Group said: “Valuable time and resources are currently being used to deal with these encampments.

“We believe that if we have Short Stay Stopping sites available, the encampments will decrease, freeing up those resources.

“Of course, by having these sites available it also strengthens the position of local authorities and the police when we do have to take legal action.”

The Call for Sites ends on November 16.

All sites will then be assessed and put forward for consultation in December.