‘Gypsy’ site to be expanded
ADDITIONAL accommodation facilities will be made available to gypsies and travellers in Colnbrook.
Council leaders have signed up to a county-wide strategy that commits the borough to building six additional pitches at the traveller site in Poyle Road.
The additional pitches will expand the capacity of the site to 15 as part of a deal between all Berkshire authorities to find 78 more permanent pitches in the county before 2016.
Commissioner for neighbourhoods and renewal, Cllr James Swindlehurst, said the figure could rise to seven pitches after it is referred back to the Government and the South East England Regional Assembly.
He added: “It is important to stress that we are not creating six new sites, but six new pitches that can be accommodated at the site in Colnbrook. This is a sensible decision we have taken along with unitary authorities in Berkshire where we have decided how many sites we are going to take.
“In other parts of the country it has become a big political decision with authorities fighting over how many travellers they are going to take, but we have managed to avoid that here.”
Colnbrook parish council chairman, Laurie Tucker, said the site would be able to accommodate the extra pitches but felt the cabinet should have informed parish councillors before the meeting on Thursday, October 30.
He said: “I would have liked to have gone to the meeting to express my views. It is outrageous and I will raise the issue when I meet with councillors next week.”