Traveller policy update expected tonight

Traveller policy update expected tonight

Nicola Hine

Traveller policy update expected tonight

Further updates on the council's traveller policy are set to be provided at a Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead cabinet meeting tonight.

A report is due to be presented which suggests at least 10 new gypsy and traveller pitches are likely to be needed in the borough by 2017.

This is the initial indication given by a survey of their accommodation needs, which was carried out between August 28 and September 7.

It was commissioned in partnership with Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest and West Berkshire.

The council also commissioned its own assessment between August 28 and September 5 at a cost of £12,250.

The report recommends cabinet members note the results of the surveys for the benefit of the public.

If they do, it says: "Residents will have more confidence that sites in the Royal Borough suggested for travellers are deliverable within the Royal Borough's planning policies, especially with reference to greenbelt and flood risk."

As part of the survey process 50 interviews with traveller households in the borough were conducted.

The full results are not yet available.

An assessment carried out in 2010 identified 23 potential traveller sites, of which 22 fall within the greenbelt.

The report also recommends a possible site at Pool Lane, Waltham St Lawrence, be dropped from further consideration.

An update on the council's progress against its manifesto commitments is also due to be delivered.

Indications show the council is on target for the majority, but is falling short in some areas.

These include maintaining support for its arts centres, as a new funding agreement with Norden Farm Centre for the Arts has not yet been agreed, developing new allotments and planting more trees.

An overview of section 106 developer contributions is also on the agenda.

The accompanying reports show the borough received more than £4m from developments in 2011/12.

The meeting will be held at Maidenhead Town Hall from 7.30pm.

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