Overwhelming 93% of residents reject the site on the Straits
Dudley North MP Ian Austin and local Council Candidate Dave Branwood presented the results of their consultation to the Council on this week to object to the proposed permanent traveller’s site on the Straits in Gornal.
A Dudley Council consultation was opened in December after a list of 10 potential sites was released, including one in the middle of the Straits residential area.
A permanent site will make it easier for the police to move travellers on if they illegally set up camp in the Borough, but Austin, Branwood and local residents believe the Straits is the wrong site to choose.
Council candidate Dave Branwood wrote to all households on the Straits to ask them their views on the proposal. An overwhelming 93% of respondents opposed the site, with many residents saying that they were concerned about the disruption this could cause, with more traffic, antisocial behaviour and increased traffic being the main causes for concern.
Austin has also opposed the proposed site in Blowers Green which is very close to residential properties, the bypass and a local primary school. The is located very close to well established and long standing local manufacturing companies, who have expressed concerns a travellers site being located in this area.
Ian Austin said:
“It's a good idea to make it easier to move travellers off parks and public open spaces, and I stood up in Parliament to demand councils and the police are given more powers and resources to tackle illegal camps, but I do not think that heavily residential areas such as the sites io my constituency at the Straits or Blowers Green are suitable.
“Residents on the Straits are overwhelmingly against this proposal and I want the Council to take in to consideration how they feel.”
Dave Branwood said:
“I don’t think that the Straits is a suitable site and I am worried about the disruption it could cause local people.
“There are many more suitable sites elsewhere in the borough, so I don’t think that the Straits should even be on the list.”