Plans for Travellers Site at Old Army Camp in Weymouth
2:06pm 9th July 2014
An old army camp by the sea could be transformed into a traveller’s site in Weymouth.
The abandoned installation at Wyke is one in a number of areas to be shortlisted in Dorset, for the council's consideration.
A patch in West Stafford, Marshwood and the village Piddlehinton are in the mix too.
West Dorset Councillor Jacqui Cuff isn't too happy with the inclusion of Piddlehinton which already has 2 travellers’ camps:
"Piddlehinton has made their views very clear, we can increase a site by 4 pitches it's not a problem at all. But to consider another site within the same area, possible 7 pitches, I believe that could be excessive."
Despite the criticism Councillor Cuff says finding traveller sites aren’t easy for the local authority:
"When you're talking about any kind of development it's extremely difficult to identify appropriate sites and this issue is particularly sensitive but its necessary and important, both of a temporary nature and a permanent site."
No decisions have been made yet and the traveller’s camp shortlist will be looked at by the Council's Executive Committee next week. A public consultation will happen before anything is given the go ahead.