3 times Dale Farm eviction cash provides 750+ traveller sites!
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Sat Jan 7 17:43:43 GMT 2012
784 traveller pitches approved
(UKPA) 15 minutes ago
More than 750 new and improved authorised pitches
for traveller families have been given the green
light by the Government as part of efforts to
avoid a repeat of the Dale Farm stand off.
Ministers have signed off on bids totalling £47
million from councils and other providers across
England - with bids also being taken for another £13 million of funding.
The Government hopes that boosting provision -
alongside action to tackle unauthorised
encampments - will help defuse tensions between
settled and traveller communities.
A decade-long dispute over the UK's largest
unauthorised site at Dale Farm in Essex ended in
violent clashes between police and protesters in
October when the residents were evicted.
Communities Minister Andrew Stunell said: "This
funding will help provide sites in a way that
reflects local need in consultation with the local community.
"It will assist hundreds of traveller families
find sites where they want to live and foster
better relations with the existing communities and councils.
"We are ending the failed system where Whitehall
attempted to dictate where sites went. Instead we
have brought back fairness by ensuring that both
travellers and the settled population are treated
equally. New authorised sites, with the support
of local communities, will be treated on an equal
footing as new bricks and mortar homes, with
councils getting powerful financial benefits for
building authorised sites where they are needed."
In total 33 providers - 18 local councils and 15
housing associations - have been granted funding
for 617 new and 167 improved pitches.
Travellers offered sites to avoid repeat of Dale Farm
£47m plan to provide hundreds of pitches
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