£2m to create new sites for travellers

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TRAVELLERS in South Yorkshire have been given more than £2 million for new pitches and facilities.

The funding will provide 10 pitches in Barnsley and 16 in Doncaster, which will all be officially authorised by the Government.

Barnsley Council has been awarded £800,000 for traveller sites, while Doncaster Council will receive £1.44 million.

The cash boost was announced by communities minister Andrew Stunell as part of a £47 million package to deliver more than 750 new and improved pitches around the country.

Mr Stunell said the new support for official pitches accompanies a clampdown on illegal sites.

The Government is introducing stronger powers for councils to tackle unauthorised developments.

Mr Stunell said: “This funding will assist hundreds of traveller families find sites where they want to live and foster better relations with the existing communities and councils.

“We have brought back fairness to communities and are putting travellers and the settled population on a level playing field.”

He said councils will get ‘powerful financial benefits’ for building legal sites where they are needed.