Stockton Borough Council receives big reaction to proposals to build Gypsy sites

The Northern Echo: Les Hodge, of Stainsby Beck Residents Association, Louise Baldock, parliarmentary candidate for Stockton South, coun Bob Cook, coun Derrick  Brown, coun Tracey Stott Les Hodge, of Stainsby Beck Residents Association, Louise Baldock, parliarmentary candidate for Stockton South, coun Bob Cook, coun Derrick Brown, coun Tracey Stott

MORE than 500 people have formally written to a council over the possibility of Gypsy sites being built near their homes.

A further 800 people in the Thornaby area have signed a petition in protest against a proposal to create the site.

Stockton Borough Council has identified a need for 26 more Gypsy caravan pitches in its area and has consulted the public about possible sites.

The consultation period about six possible areas has lasted six weeks but came to an end today (Monday, March 17).

The authority will now produce a shorter list of preferred sites. The Government requires all councils to identify possible need for more caravan pitches in future but the authority itself does not have to build them.

So far the council has considered potential Gypsy sites at Yarm Back Lane, Hartburn; Frederick Street in Stockton town centre, land between Bowesfield Crescent and the River Tees, Stockton and Mill Lane, Billingham.

However, opposition appears to have strongest in Thornaby where two sites, Eltham crescent and land between the Tees and Thornaby Road, are being considered.

Labour Party activists in Thornaby have presented two petitions to the Labour leader of the council, Bob Cook.

Louise Baldock, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Stockton South, and local councillors Derrick Brown and Tracey Stott representing the ward have also handed Coun. Cook a petition containing around 300 names.

They also handed in a petition of over 500 names collected by residents of no political party.

Many were collected by Mike Russell who walks his dog on the field behind Thornaby baths every day and is concerned about wildlife in the area.

Les Hodge, of Stainsby Beck Residents Association, also collected about 30 formal responses from people againts the scheme.

Louise Baldock said: “The whole community has come together in an unprecedented way to ask the council to remove them from any future plans for Gypsies and Travellers.”

Another petition of about 35 names, from the Hackworth Court area of Stockton, has also been received by the council.

Coun Cook, said: “I would like to assure residents that their views will be carefully considered so that they can inform part of a further assessment of the sites. Preferred sites for allocation will then be identified and residents will have another opportunity to comment on these during a final round of consultation.”

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6:42pm Mon 17 Mar 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

Nobody likes them and nobody want these people living anywhere near them. What is it with these councils pandering to the gypsies. Darlington is over run now and the people of stockton are doing the right thing. Make sure your thieving councillors do the right thing by you. Don't let them blight your lives like our beloved council here in Darlington has done to the residents of this town.

The feelings towards gypsies is well founded and totally justified. They are horrible nasty individuals who have no regards whatsoever for others in the community and certainly no regard for the law.
Nobody likes them and nobody want these people living anywhere near them. What is it with these councils pandering to the gypsies. Darlington is over run now and the people of stockton are doing the right thing. Make sure your thieving councillors do the right thing by you. Don't let them blight your lives like our beloved council here in Darlington has done to the residents of this town. The feelings towards gypsies is well founded and totally justified. They are horrible nasty individuals who have no regards whatsoever for others in the community and certainly no regard for the law. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 18

6:56pm Mon 17 Mar 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

thetruthyoucanthandl
ethetruth
wrote:
Nobody likes them and nobody want these people living anywhere near them. What is it with these councils pandering to the gypsies. Darlington is over run now and the people of stockton are doing the right thing. Make sure your thieving councillors do the right thing by you. Don't let them blight your lives like our beloved council here in Darlington has done to the residents of this town.

The feelings towards gypsies is well founded and totally justified. They are horrible nasty individuals who have no regards whatsoever for others in the community and certainly no regard for the law.
thetruthyoucanthandl
ethetruth,
You are so so right, why the H--l do the councils not grow a pair, and take a stance on this people ????
[quote][p][bold]thetruthyoucanthandl ethetruth[/bold] wrote: Nobody likes them and nobody want these people living anywhere near them. What is it with these councils pandering to the gypsies. Darlington is over run now and the people of stockton are doing the right thing. Make sure your thieving councillors do the right thing by you. Don't let them blight your lives like our beloved council here in Darlington has done to the residents of this town. The feelings towards gypsies is well founded and totally justified. They are horrible nasty individuals who have no regards whatsoever for others in the community and certainly no regard for the law.[/p][/quote]thetruthyoucanthandl ethetruth, You are so so right, why the H--l do the councils not grow a pair, and take a stance on this people ???? NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 14

9:18pm Mon 17 Mar 14

loan_star says...

Funny how the Labour activists in Stockton are against having the gypsies there and yet the Darlo Labour lot can't do enough to get more of them in!!
Funny how the Labour activists in Stockton are against having the gypsies there and yet the Darlo Labour lot can't do enough to get more of them in!! loan_star
  • Score: 12

10:38pm Mon 17 Mar 14

tubgut says...

Councils better start listening to the majority, if they don't listen vote them out and replace with someone who does.
Councils better start listening to the majority, if they don't listen vote them out and replace with someone who does. tubgut
  • Score: 9

11:11pm Mon 17 Mar 14

my_views_count says...

Why not build another site at Riverside Park in Middlesbrough, they are out of the way there and the horses have plenty of grazing land. Wherever they decide to place them, will the council tax fall in line with the fall of property prices which will be affected, i doubt it very much. And insurance premiums will rise due to increased risk. For godness sakes Council, consider the majority here, and give the towns true residents the benefit by standing up for us. We pay our taxes for what? Letting the travellers have a nice place to wreck, and on top of that, not contribute to the Borough by paying taxes and stamp, but still want the benefits. Think again SBC, we beg you.
Why not build another site at Riverside Park in Middlesbrough, they are out of the way there and the horses have plenty of grazing land. Wherever they decide to place them, will the council tax fall in line with the fall of property prices which will be affected, i doubt it very much. And insurance premiums will rise due to increased risk. For godness sakes Council, consider the majority here, and give the towns true residents the benefit by standing up for us. We pay our taxes for what? Letting the travellers have a nice place to wreck, and on top of that, not contribute to the Borough by paying taxes and stamp, but still want the benefits. Think again SBC, we beg you. my_views_count
  • Score: 8

11:27am Tue 18 Mar 14

darloboss says...

think everyone knows my views on travellers only wish bill dixon would listern to his own towns people get rid of them
think everyone knows my views on travellers only wish bill dixon would listern to his own towns people get rid of them darloboss
  • Score: 3

12:09pm Tue 18 Mar 14

pager11 says...

In answer to Darloboss, they all vote for Bill andhis labour cronies in the eastbourne ward, this morning two elderley residents in my street are having their drives cleaned, evidently talking to my neighbours they have been round knocking on the doors, knowing full well most are elderley. They quoted 1 lady £120 just to clean her paving flags, 4 of them got out of the van and cannot of been there an hour, the other person is at this moment getting their drive done, I have taken their registration number of their white van, these people are trying to look professional with the names on the back of their zipper jackets, when I get a look I will post the names.
In answer to Darloboss, they all vote for Bill andhis labour cronies in the eastbourne ward, this morning two elderley residents in my street are having their drives cleaned, evidently talking to my neighbours they have been round knocking on the doors, knowing full well most are elderley. They quoted 1 lady £120 just to clean her paving flags, 4 of them got out of the van and cannot of been there an hour, the other person is at this moment getting their drive done, I have taken their registration number of their white van, these people are trying to look professional with the names on the back of their zipper jackets, when I get a look I will post the names. pager11
  • Score: 3

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