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Councillors fight back against traveller site extension plan

Councillors fight back against traveller site extension plan

Francis Batt

Councillors fight back against traveller site extension plan

Windsor and Maidenhead councillors have voted unanimously to oppose their officers' plans to extend the existing traveller site at Pool Lane in Waltham St Lawrence.

At yesterday's meeting held at Maidenhead's Town Hall, they also agreed to fight suggestions that a site in Mill Place, Datchet should be extended and land at Pickin's Piece, Horton be developed to provide a new travellers' site.

They sent a clear message to the authority's ruling cabinet members who will make a decision later this month.

Cllr Evans thinks it is insane for the Maidenhead council to consider allowing the travellers' pitch to be extended on greenbelt and flood-risk land at Pool Lane. The authority has only just won an appeal initiated by travellers on an illegal camp nearby on the grounds that it was on greenbelt.

He said: "Allowing an extended travellers' site on land that is also within the greenbelt plays right into the hands of those travellers on the illegal site.

"It gives them a pistol and the ammunition to shoot us with."

Having voted to oppose plans for the proposed new sites, councillors yesterday went into a private session to discuss how to set about evicting the travellers from the illegal site in Shurlock Road.

The appeals inspector has given the travellers until February next year to leave the site.

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