Burnley MP urges villagers to have say on travellers' site

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: An aerial view of Spa Wood Farm, Hapton, which has been earmarked for a travellers’ site  in the Local Plan An aerial view of Spa Wood Farm, Hapton, which has been earmarked for a travellers’ site in the Local Plan

AN MP is urging villagers to make their views known over a controversial proposal to open a travellers site on farmland in Hapton.

Residents have bombarded Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle after the Lancashire Telegraph revealed that Spa Wood Farm had been earmarked as a potential home for travellers in the borough’s Local Plan.

And Mr Birtwistle is now urging residents to take an active role in the plan’s consultation process - and lobby their local councillors.

Landowner Oathie Sykes was not even approached about the provenance of the site off Billington Road before it was highlighted by Burnley Council as a potential site for 28 pitches.

Mr Sykes, who now lives in Cumbria, has indicated he would be ‘open to a worthwhile offer’ for the three-acre site as it is his only asset.

But Mr Birtwistle, in letters to local residents, has highlighted the lack of consultation over the proposal, with a number of residents and Hapton Parish Council being kept in the dark until recently.

He said: “There also appears to be a number of incorrect statements about the Spa Wood site in the documents used to inform the proposal.

“These include the number of families living at the site and the research done to establish the need for a traveller site.

“A number of complex issues have also arisen around the right of way via a private road owned by the farms in the area, so the proposal certainly doesn’t meet sustainable development criteria.”

The consultation on the continues until March 31.

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7:34pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Jeff-Fetarsy says...

What good will it do, no matter how much local people protest they don't want this their views will be totally brushed aside as usual. Those who do protest will be labelled racists and nimbys.
What good will it do, no matter how much local people protest they don't want this their views will be totally brushed aside as usual. Those who do protest will be labelled racists and nimbys. Jeff-Fetarsy

9:13am Fri 21 Feb 14

DaveBurnley says...

Why not site it in Preston, next to County Hall? Then we would see how popular the idea was.
Why not site it in Preston, next to County Hall? Then we would see how popular the idea was. DaveBurnley

6:02pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Chuck-Norris says...

Good luck with the objections but these 'minorities' are protected people - nothing will stop it
Good luck with the objections but these 'minorities' are protected people - nothing will stop it Chuck-Norris

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