East Riding traveller sites consultation launched

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A consultation on new traveller sites has been launched by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The council plans to construct two new sites, but has submitted a range of proposals for land around Driffield, Bridlington, Beverley and Cottingham.

Residents have until 6 May to offer their views, which can be submitted via the council's website.

The proposals follow an assessment that revealed the need for a further 25 pitches over the next five years.

Two sites favoured by the council on Moor Lane, Carnaby and Eppleworth Road, Cottingham, had already been suggested in a previous proposal.

'Travellers' needs'

As part of the planned consultation, surveyors have suggested a further site on land south of Woldgate, Bridlington as a possible alternative to the site at Carnaby.

The council also wants to hear views on "alternative ways of meeting the needs of the traveller community".

The Gypsy and Traveller Sites Further Consultation Paper is part of East Riding of Yorkshire Council's local plan for the region.

The council said the need for new sites was the result of families already living in the region rather than travellers moving into the area.

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