Work on new Spalding gypsy site to be completed in June

The gyspsy and traveller site is being developed in Drain Bank North.
The gyspsy and traveller site is being developed in Drain Bank North.

Work on developing a new six-acre gyspsy and traveller site near Spalding is due to be completed in the summer.

The site is off the A16 on land at Drain Bank North and it will have ten pitches, each accommodating up to three caravans.

A council spokesman said this week: “Work has started on site, and completion of the development of the site is currently planned during June.”

The gypsy and traveller site is being developed by South Holland District Council and was given planning consent in May 2014, despite a 500-strong petition from residents in Cowbit who opposed the application.

But a recent amendment to the original application is seeking permission to replace the proposed “grasscrete” road surfacing with “viaflow”, a permeable asphalt providing a durable, free draining surface that allows water to pass through to the underlying structure.

In April last year, the council said the cost of the new site would be met from what’s left of a £1.753million Government fund to provide three gypsy and travellers’ sites in the district.

Some £1.1million had already been spent on a site off the A151 in Holbeach.