Stockton gypsy sites rejected by council

Area under consultation for gypsy and traveller site, Stockton
Image caption The six proposed areas included three in Stockton

A list of possible gypsy and traveller sites in Teesside has been rejected by councillors.

Six potential sites were put forward for consultation by Stockton Borough Council earlier this year.

But the cabinet said responses from both settled and travelling residents suggested the locations were unsuitable.

Councillors followed cabinet's recommendation to reject the proposed sites at a meeting on Wednesday.

The council will now look to find alternative land.

The six proposed areas included three in Stockton, one in Billingham and two in Thornaby.

The six rejected sites

  • Land to the rear of Roddmere, Yarm Back Lane, Stockton
  • Land on Frederick Street, Stockton
  • Land between Bowesfield Crescent and the River Tees, Stockton
  • Land on Mill Lane, Billingham
  • Land on Eltham Crescent, Thornaby
  • Land between the River Tees and Thornaby Road, Thornaby

The council said the consultation had prompted 565 individual responses, as well as four petitions with almost 850 signatures and a letter of objection signed by 55 neighbours.

Labour council leader Bob Cook said the level of public interest in the issue had been "phenomenal".

He said the council would now go "right back to the beginning" and have further discussions with the travelling community.

"I hope that by making this recommendation it shows that when we ask people for their views, we do listen and take everything into account," he said.

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