Piddlehinton Travellers Site Nearly Complete
9:38am 11th June 2014
Work on a controversial temporary traveller's site is due to be completed in the coming week.
Dorset County Council approved plans for the Piddlehinton location last month (May 2014).
There's been significant opposition to the temporary camp but a planning committee pushed plans through on the condition of 24 hour security on site.
Work is now underway to buy and install CCTV cameras there.
It's expected to be finished in the next week and will have 25 caravan pitches, clean water and toilets. The same temporary transit site was used by travellers during the 2012 Olympics.
Dorset County Council say having a transit site means that police can use their powers to move travellers from unauthorised camps to the site and reduce problems experienced by local communities across our area.
Cabinet Member for Environment Peter Finney said: "It's a real step forward that we're able to open this site and provide somewhere for gypsies and travellers to make temporary stops. We are the first authority in wider Dorset to provide a site like this.
"This is an emotive issue on both sides but, as we saw during the Olympics, having a designated site allows us to manage any issues which arise more quickly and efficiently."
Without a transit site, councils need to seek a court order to move people on from unauthorised camps, which can take some time.