Proposed Hartburn Gypsy site withdrawn

PEOPLE in a leafy area of Stockton have been told there won’t be a gypsy caravan site built near their homes after all.

Hundreds of people across the borough have officially objected to the idea of a Gypsy site being built close by.

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

That consultation period came to an end in March and the council is making further considerations before debating the issue at Cabinet next month.

However, one of the proposed sites, at Yarm Back Lane in Hartburn, is no longer available. The site was the only privately-owned pitch which had been proposed, but The Northern Echo has been told that the owner has changed his mind and informed the council it can not be used as a Gypsy site after all.

James Wharton, Conservative MP for Stockton South, who is due for election in the marginal seat next year, has written to constituents about the issue across Hartburn.

The letter said: “I am now writing to inform you that this site has been withdrawn. I was told this is in part because of the volume of objections received from residents.”

Cllr Terry Laing, Conservative councillor for Hartburn, confirmed the news. He said: “We represent anyone who lives in our community, so it can be difficult, but I would say it is good news. It wasn’t in a good place and there would connection and transport issues so, for those reasons, we’d be against the site being used.”

Cllr Mike Smith, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “We can confirm that the owner of the site to the rear of Roddmere, Yarm Back Lane, has notified us that they no longer wish to promote the land for the purposes of a gypsy and traveller site.

“We are currently giving careful consideration to the more than 500 representations we received during the consultation process and the findings of this work will be presented to Cabinet for consideration in July.”

Opposition appears to have strongest in Thornaby where two sites, Eltham Crescent and land between the Tees and Thornaby Road, are being considered. Other sites for consideration include Frederick Street in Stockton town centre, land between Bowesfield Crescent and the River Tees, Stockton and Mill Lane, Billingham.

No-one could be found to comment from the Stockton Traveller community. However, spokespeople for the community have previously complained of prejudice and argue Gypsies often unfairly take the blame for wrong-doing committed by people outside of their community.

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:13pm Sat 28 Jun 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

They're all here in Darlington. We don't want them either, but time and time again we are inflicted with more amd more gypsies.
They're all here in Darlington. We don't want them either, but time and time again we are inflicted with more amd more gypsies. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 10

6:38pm Sat 28 Jun 14

darloboss says...

why when darlington people object they allow them permision i smell a rat a gyprat
why when darlington people object they allow them permision i smell a rat a gyprat darloboss
  • Score: 4

12:09am Sun 29 Jun 14

loan_star says...

Funny how articles about gypsies in areas other than in Darlo are allowed comments on here.
I guess Stockton BC are hoping Darlo BC will take the extra travellers that they can't or won't accommodate, after all Darlo BC loves having these people in the town.
Funny how articles about gypsies in areas other than in Darlo are allowed comments on here. I guess Stockton BC are hoping Darlo BC will take the extra travellers that they can't or won't accommodate, after all Darlo BC loves having these people in the town. loan_star
  • Score: 8

2:52pm Mon 30 Jun 14

AWilliams says...

Remind me, why should we set aside sites for travellers / Gypsies in the first place?

Why should taxpayers have to support them by providing designated sites for them?

What exactly do they give back?
Remind me, why should we set aside sites for travellers / Gypsies in the first place? Why should taxpayers have to support them by providing designated sites for them? What exactly do they give back? AWilliams
  • Score: 3
Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree