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Cornwall's first emergency site for Gypsies and Travellers

Cornwall's first emergency site for Gypsies and Travellers

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 5:43pm 4th May 2018. (Updated at 9:41am 8th May 2018)

Photo: Millpool car park in Looe where unauthorised pitches have been put up in recent years.

For the first time, Gypsies and Travellers will now have an emergency stopping place in Cornwall.

The site at South Treviddo near Liskeard is part of a scheme to guide families away from 'unauthorised encampments' like car parks.

Cornwall Council says those wanting to use the purpose-built site are being encouraged to pre-book a pitch with site managers Cornwall Housing.

There are seven temporary pitches there for short-term accommodation for families who will normally move on within 28 days.

It has been funded with £185,000 from Cornwall Council's Affordable Housing Capital Programme and includes toilet facilities, waste facilities and a secure space in the short term on site.

A second phase of the project, which is due to begin soon, will see the stopping point become a transit site with a further eight pitches and electricity, CCTV, ablution blocks and an amenity area. These sites are usually used by Gypsies and Travellers for stays of three months or less. 

Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Homes, said: "Cornwall Council has a legal duty to provide these sites and our Local Plan has identified a need for 60 more transit pitches by 2030.

"We aim to provide these across four new transit sites of 10-15 pitches each across the whole of Cornwall.

"South Treviddo is the first of these sites and will provide much needed new pitches in time for the summer when demand for pitches in Cornwall increases".

It comes after some families have pitched up in Liskeard car parks and Looe's Millpool car park, pictured above, in recent years.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: "With Cornwall's existing Gypsy and Traveller sites already full to capacity, it's really important for us to provide more emergency stopping places and transit sites across Cornwall.

"Emergency stopping places and transit sites ensure that Gypsies and Travellers have access to basic amenities that our settled communities take for granted. These amenities make a huge difference to the health and quality of life of Gypsies and Travellers".

Officials say no decisions have been taken so far about possible locations for the other new transit sites in Cornwall.

Image: Google Maps 2009

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