3 times Dale Farm eviction cash provides 750+ traveller sites!

Tony Gosling 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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