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Piddlehinton Travellers Site Sparks Concern Over Privacy and Local Businesses

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8:22am 13th May 2014

Plans for a traveller's site, with 24 hour security near Dorchester, has sparked a debate on "the right to privacy."

Dorset County Council approved plans for the temporary camp next to the Enterprise Business Park in Piddlehinton that's set to be up and running for the summer.

But people say the security measure would be an invasion of people's privacy.

Councillor for the Piddle Valley Ward Jacqui Cuff is opposed to plans and says

"It's not the travellers themselves that are the issue, it's the impact and presence that the temporary site will have on local businesses by increasing insurance premiums in particular. And these are small seed businesses these aren't big international ones, they are small businesses that are trying to make a living."

"I do have questions about the 24 hour security proposals, particularly as a planning condition. I suppose it may offer some people a bit of reassurance but I'm not sure how effective that will be and there's also the impact of invasion of privacy."

It will accommodate 25 caravans and was used as a short term traveller camp during the Olympics 2012.

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