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8:01am 8th January 2012

The government pumps more than a million pounds into new travellers sites for Cornwall.

There will be thirty pitches across the Duchy.

It is to try to cut the number setting up without permission.

This woman's family worked near an illegal pitch in West Cornwall in the 1990s.

She says it caused problems: "I was quite young at the time but I remember being driven down there, right down at the bottom of the estate. There was a lot of rubbish everywhere, fly tipping everywhere. They'd chase you up the road, there was dogs everywhere and the whole place was a state.

"I probably, having seen it first hand, would disagree with the authorised sites and think there would be other ways to handle them. But for now, in this day and age, they have to do something and if that's what it takes, so be it."

St Ives MP Andrew George is the coalition's lead on traveller communities.

He says this is a step in the right direction, but it falls short of the number of pitches needed in Cornwall: "People don't evaporate if they don't have somewhere to live. They still need somewhere to live. If that need is not met, then they often have to live in circumstances which the rest of society find objectionable.

"We're able more easily, I think, in Cornwall, to make parallels with other communities and other cultures, other minorities because we all want to respect each other. We want ourselves to be respected. We therefore understand that other people want to be respected too."

In a statement, Cornwall Council says Carrick Housing will work with local members, town and parish councils and the Gypsy and Traveller communities to identify suitable areas for the creation of sites in Cornwall.

8:01am 8th January 2012

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