New Brighton and Hove travellers' site consultation

Happy Valley, photo by Simon Carey Protesters gathered at Happy Valley in Woodingdean over plans for a travellers' site

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Views are being sought on the design of a travellers' site in Brighton and Hove.

A survey by the city council selected Braypool Road in Horsdean as the most appropriate site.

The new site will provide pitches for 16 families and will be paid for by a £1.7m government grant.

Workshops are being held in Patcham on Saturday to discuss how the site will be designed and managed.

Councillor Pete West from Brighton and Hove City Council, said: "Now that the long-awaited decision has been taken to create a permanent travellers site at Horsdean we want as many people as possible to help us design the site.

"First and foremost this new site will help ease the problem of unauthorised encampments caused by a shortage of official pitches in the city."

The area of land in Horsdean was selected by the city council in December as the "best option" for a new travellers' site.

Two months earlier, several hundred people had held a demonstration in Happy Valley, Woodingdean, over plans for a travellers' site there.

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