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Meeting held over Flintshire Gypsy site plan

About 200 residents have attended a meeting to oppose plans for a gypsy site on land in Flintshire on Thursday.

The meeting was set up by campaigners to fight plans to develop a site off Magazine Lane at Ewloe.

The plans include room for five caravans, a hard standing area and a day room.

There is a shortage of sites locally but councillor Dave Mackie said residents were opposed because the area was a designated "green barrier".

"There is a lot of strong feeling about this and people will be writing to the planners to object," he said.

Objections to the planning application have to be received by planners by Monday, although the plans will not go before the council until September.

There is currently a shortage of designated gypsy and traveller sites in Flintshire, with an official site in Queensferry and a private site in nearby Sandycroft, according to the Daily Post.

Mr Mackie, who represents Ewloe, said: "People here are very unhappy about any proposal for development within a designated green barrier.

"The proposed site is off a very narrow lane and any extra traffic there would be dangerous.

"We want to keep this land so that people can use it to walk their dogs or go jogging... that sort of thing."

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