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Liskeard Travellers' Site Plans Spark Anger

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:23am 10th April 2014

A Cornish woman brands plans for a travellers' site near Liskeard "disgraceful."

Cornwall Council wants to create a transit area at South Treviddo off the A38.

People would be able to pitch up for a maximum of three months.

Emily Simpson tells Pirate FM they have had trouble with stuff like litter when people have stayed before: "Obviously there's security issues, we're a farm we have valuable stuff in sheds. With the last lot arriving we had to put the gates up at the end. It shouldn't be like that. We've had enough, we've got the tip next door, we've got a windmill; how much more do we have to take?

"I think it's disgraceful. We've had enough. The junction at the A38/B3252 is not designed for more traffic. It's not designed for the traffic it's taking and more vehicles with caravans, you know, how many more people have to die? It's wrong."

Cornwall Council and Cornwall Housing are holding a public exhibition in the Public Hall in Liskeard on Thursday to invite residents to view and give their opinions on the possible site.

Jane Barlow, managing director of Cornwall Housing explains: "We really want those who live in and around the area to come and see the details; speak to representatives from Cornwall Council and Cornwall Housing and give their views."

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities, Geoff Brown, said: "There is an urgent need for a managed transit site and this piece of Council owned land is available and suitable because of its accessibility and location for a short stay transit site for no more than 15 families. Properly managed sites will reduce the number of unauthorised encampments which will benefit Gypsies and Travellers and the local settled community alike."

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