Cambridgeshire

Travellers' site views in Cambridgeshire censored

A council in Cambridgeshire has said it cannot consider some responses to a consultation on travellers' sites because they are discriminatory.

More than 1,700 people and organisations made more than 5,000 representations about possible sites in South Cambridgeshire.

Some views cannot be published or considered, the borough council said.

This small number "could reasonably be interpreted as discriminatory", it added.

"Those who submitted unpublishable representations will soon receive a letter advising them of the situation," a statement added.

"Lengthy consideration has been given to this sensitive issue."

Policy changes

In August, neighbouring Huntingdonshire District Council said it had to dismiss 150 comments made in a similar consultation because they were deemed racist.

South Cambridgeshire District Council said it was in the process of considering issues raised across all the representations received.

It will look at what level of local provision should be planned for in the area and take account of new government guidance as and when it is published.

Representations and officers' responses will be reported to David Bard, new communities portfolio holder, at his meeting on 14 December.

These will then be published on the council's website so residents can see what others have said.

Mr Bard said he hoped to reach a decision at the meeting on whether specific site options should still be considered.

"The council envisages that there will then be further consultation in 2011 on how we move the plan forward in light of the changes to national and regional planning policy," he added.

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