'Hundreds more traveller sites needed in Essex to meet demand'

Around 800 new pitches are required

Around 800 new pitches are required

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Epping Forest

A report published this week found there is a need for more gypsy and traveller pitches in Essex.

Essex County Council, in conjunction with the 15 district authorities in the county and the gypsy traveller community, estimate the need for an additional 786 pitches in Essex by 2033.

The Gypsy and Traveller and Accommodation Assessment report, published on Tuesday, predicted a two per cent annual rise in the current 2,630 traveller population until 2033.

Cllr John Jowers, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Libraries, Communities and Planning, said: “By planning carefully for the county’s gypsy and traveller community, it is hoped that we will avoid some of the problems with illegal encampments that so frustrate residents.”

By law, all local authorities must assess the need for gypsy and traveller accommodation and ensure there are enough sites.

The location of new pitches will be down to the individual local authority in its local plan.

Epping Forest currently has 13 licensed gypsy sites.

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10:02am Fri 25 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

High Beach and Woodford Green are ideal locations as they have easy access to road transport links.
High Beach and Woodford Green are ideal locations as they have easy access to road transport links. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -6

10:58am Fri 25 Jul 14

Howard Wolowitz says...

What we need is less travellers, it will make little difference to the tax take.

However a few sound systems made available to blast them away would be a solution.

Ireland has plenty of open spaces maybe they could go there.
What we need is less travellers, it will make little difference to the tax take. However a few sound systems made available to blast them away would be a solution. Ireland has plenty of open spaces maybe they could go there. Howard Wolowitz
  • Score: 6

10:16pm Fri 25 Jul 14

jackblack007 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
High Beach and Woodford Green are ideal locations as they have easy access to road transport links.
E10 and all of the bakers arms area is a better idea
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: High Beach and Woodford Green are ideal locations as they have easy access to road transport links.[/p][/quote]E10 and all of the bakers arms area is a better idea jackblack007
  • Score: -1

7:48pm Sun 27 Jul 14

lorryl3 says...

out side london will do
out side london will do lorryl3
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