TEMPORARY stop-over areas for travellers heading to next month’s Appleby Horse Fair are to be provided in parts of Teesdale.

County officials say the areas have been successfully used for a number of years, are well situated and are located on traditionally travelling routes to Appleby.

The temporary stop over sites are at Wackerfield Layby; the Broomielaw Picnic area on the A688 between Staindrop and Stainton Grove; Shawbank Field on the A688 between Stainton Grove and Barnard Castle and also on grassed areas at Winston corner and Bowes corner.

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They will be open from tomorrow (Friday, May 23) until Friday, June 20.

Temporary signposts have been put in place to direct gypsies and travellers to these areas and also advise local residents and road users.

Durham County Council’s Gypsy Roma Traveller Service will ensure necessary toilet facilities and refuse collections are available.

Gypsy Roma Traveller officers and neighbourhood wardens will also make regular visits to all areas.

The service officers and wardens will also carry out visits to unauthorised encampments which occur outside of the designated areas.