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Travellers' plan draws objections

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: July 13, 2012

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CORNWALL Council has received a flood of objections from residents against a proposed travellers' site in Looe.

If approved, the ten pitches would be located at Valley View Stables on Barbican Road.

Applicant Katrina Ring said the authority had announced a desperate need for more sites, and her 26-acre farm had been a registered and legal residential travellers' site for many years.

"An additional ten-pitch transit site is desperately needed in the area," she said.

"Our farm meets the criteria and is well screened and away from residential properties."

She said the site would be clean and well managed, with little disruption or inconvenience to locals.

"Travellers, Gypsies and people of nomadic lifestyle have the same rights to live in a secure environment without prejudice and I strongly object to the racist bigots who treat ethnic minorities as second-class citizens," she said.

"We now live in a multi-cultural society, and nothing will change this."

Mrs Ring said those who had incited racial hatred towards her and her family had been cautioned, and other incidents were being investigated.

"I am Irish and very proud of it and my immediate family are from hardworking farming stock," she said.

"My great grandmother on my father's side is what the English call 'traveller'.

"This term does not exist in Ireland, as every Irish family has travelled at some time in their life looking for work."

Several residents objected on the grounds of increased traffic.

Charles Watson said the location opposite Looe Community Academy was inappropriate and raised concerns over the loss of green space.

Victoria Richardson said: "We already have a huge Barrett Homes development being built, and a doctor's practice which can hardly cope. We don't even have an NHS dentist in the town. Can Looe really cope with even more families moving into the area?"

Terry McGuinness said he could not believe the application was even considered.

"Crime, pollution and unsavoury behaviour would increase to immense levels," he wrote.

"Perhaps this application will concentrate the minds of those who do object to a real threat to our way of life and standard of living," he said.

"Please don't think I am racist or bigoted but just take a look at what happens when such traveller sites are erected, legally or not."

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  • Charlespk  |  July 15 2012, 12:14PM

    Until they stop forcing developers to include, 'compulsory' camp sites and 'subsidised dwellings' in any development plans, houses will never be built fast enough. . Camp sites will never be tolerated by civilised people, and cheaper homes will always have to have be on a separate campus. . That's just the way of the world.

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  • josdave  |  July 15 2012, 10:02AM

    She said the site would be clean and well managed, with little disruption or inconvenience to locals That will be a first from the state many of these sites are left in when they decide to move on. And, whatever she may say in their favour, the crime rate will go up. Just look at the figures for other areas where travellers have taken over.

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  • Charlespk  |  July 14 2012, 11:20AM

    What is 'COMMOM PURPOSE' ? http://tinyurl.com/46uybh (open in a new window)

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  • Charlespk  |  July 14 2012, 11:13AM

    Ireland is half empty. . There's plenty of room for traveller's sites over there, and they're part of the Single Currency grouping, which is where most of these 'Common Purpose' 'directives' stem from. http://tinyurl.com/72gthgl (open in a new window)

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  • sayitaloud  |  July 14 2012, 8:53AM

    In a town which is already blighted by the anti-social behaviour of residents from Sunrising between 10pm and 3am, why on earth are we seeking to increase the poor reputation of Looe by introducing a low-cost housing development and traveller sites? We will be increasing our local population at the wrong end of the scale, instead of enhancing it. Anti-social behaviour already damages the Looe community and the police do not have the resources to combat this now, so what will it be like in a year's time?

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  • davidgambo  |  July 13 2012, 11:35AM

    The people of Looe, their town council and the planning authorities should reflect on the events that led up to the recent planning application for a travellers' site on the Barbican Road in Looe which is causing such widespread concern. The inappropriate siting of a large housing development on a prominent hillside in the St Martin's area has started a chain reaction of attracting interest from a national supermarket group which in turn has led to this application on adjacent land. This outbreak of madness is all focussed on a small but prominent group of greenfield sites, and the only way to stop it is to block the second phase of the Barratt development and say "thanks but no thanks" to the Tesco bid which in itself threatens to change our way of life here forever.

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