Gypsy report now ‘less specific’

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Councillors have watered down a report on how West Lindsey District can cope with higher gypsy numbers.

A Gypsy and Traveller Assessment had suggested the council would have to nearly double its provision of gypsy and traveller accommodation, with “a need” of 43 extra pitches, up from the current 49.

Priority would also be given to extending existing sites, leading to fears of gypsy ‘encampments’ at Brigg, Market Rasen and Caistor.

But WLDC’s Prosperous Communities Committee last week backed a “less specific” set of alternative recommendations, where the report would be “noted” rather than “accepted” as evidence towards future gypsy and traveller policies in an upcoming Central Lincolnshire Local Plan.

There would be more working with neighbouring councils “to ensure that the location of gypsy and traveller sites are fairly and equitably distributed across Central Lincolnshire and other neighbouring council areas.”

A further report would also be brought back to committee determining how gypsy and traveller sites and pitches would be chosen in the planning policy of the Local Plan, members also agreed.