MP hits out over travellers’ site

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A BARNSLEY MP has voiced his opposition to plans to build a site for travellers in an area of the town.

Michael Dugher, the MP for Barnsley East, spoke out against providing a spot for travellers in Darfield, one of a small number of places which has been earmarked by council bosses.

Mr Dugher believes the location does not fit the necessary criteria or meet Government guidelines because it is a considerable distance from local services and could be unsafe due to previous industrial activity in the area.

He said: “It is clear that the proposed area in Darfield is not an appropriate location. It does not fit the necessary criteria or meet government guidelines. The land is located away from local services and could be unsafe.

“The site would also encroach on to land that forms a natural green belt between Ardsley and Darfield.

“And it is important to note that all previous planning applications for that area have been rejected.

“I believe it is only right that local residents have a full say as to what happens in their community - that is why I am listening to local people and to local councillors.”

A consultation meeting will held on September 6 from 6pm at Illsley Road Community Centre, Darfield. A full public meeting will be on September 15.

The need for a travellers’ site was outlined in the 2007 Study and Assessment of the Accommodation Needs of Gypsies and Travellers in South Yorkshire.