Councils awarded grants for Gypsy and traveller sites revamp

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Image caption The councils bid for grants to refurbish the Gypsy and traveller sites

Six councils have been given £850,000 in total by the Welsh government to refurbish Gypsy and traveller sites in their area.

Work to be done includes resurfacing plots, rewiring, landscaping, erecting fences and improving security.

Pembrokeshire has the largest grant, £329,000, while Rhondda Cynon Taff has the smallest, £16,000.

All councils have a duty to provide facilities for gypsies and travellers under the Housing Act 2004.

The successful bids were:

  • Cardiff £59,000
  • Carmarthenshire £189,000
  • Neath Port Talbot £175,000
  • Pembrokeshire £329,000
  • Rhondda Cynon £16,000
  • Wrexham £85,000

Communities Minister Jeff Cuthbert said: "I am committed to ensuring that Gypsies and travellers in Wales have the same opportunities as people living in settled communities to access services and live the lives they wish."

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