Summer start date goal for gypsy site

The site for a six-acre gypsy and traveller site off the A16 in Drain Bank North, near Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
The site for a six-acre gypsy and traveller site off the A16 in Drain Bank North, near Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Work on a new six-acre gypsy and traveller site near Spalding could start in the summer, according to a leading district councillor.

Plans for a site off the A16 at Drain Bank North with pitches for up to 30 caravans could go before planning officials in May provided talks between South Holland District Council and county highways officials over a request to provide a new road are sorted out.

There’s a coming together of opinions at senior level and the council is quite keen to get what has long been promised under way.

Coun Christine Lawton

The update on the site came from Coun Christine Lawton, portfolio holder for housing, at a meeting in March before the council broke up ahead of next month’s elections.

Coun Lawton said: “We’ve had high-level discussions with highways chiefs from Lincolnshire County Council about the planning condition for the gypsy and traveller site relating to the new road.

“The discussions have been very worthwhile and enabled a full discussion of the relevant issues to take place.

“I believe county highways and ourselves are reaching a consensus over the condition of the new road and we’re hoping to make progress on the delivery of the site.”

Planning permission for the site was given last May, despite a 500-strong petition from people in Cowbit opposing the plans.

Opponents claimed land for the caravan site was at risk from flooding, a shortage of pupil places at nearby schools, poor transport links between Cowbit and Spalding and the use of septic tanks to dispose of sewage.

The cost of the site would be met from what’s left of a £1.753 million Government fund to provide three travellers’ sites in South Holland, with almost £1.1 million already spent on a site off the A151 in Holbeach.

Coun Lawton said: “There’s a coming together of opinions at senior level and the council is quite keen to get what has long been promised under way.

“The planning application will be made in May and work on the site is due to start in the summer.”