Campaigners against gipsy or traveller site deliver petition to councillors

A public protest against possible plans for a gipsy or traveller site in Henlow ended up on the doorstep of Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) today. Members of Campaign Travellers made up of residents from the villages of Henlow, Henlow Camp and Lower St

A public protest against possible plans for a gipsy or traveller site in Henlow ended up on the doorstep of Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) today.

Members of Campaign Travellers made up of residents from the villages of Henlow, Henlow Camp and Lower Stondon delivered a 2,500 signature petition to members of CBC's executive committee to make them aware of their objections to the proposed site on land next to Derwent Lower School.

Campaigners were joined by Nadine Dorries, who is fighting to retain her Mid Beds seat for the Conservatives at the General Election on Thursday, and fellow Tory Alistair Burt who is hoping to retain his seat in North East Beds.

The petition was handed over by Kevin Smith, of Pollards Way, Lower Stondon, who has been helping to co-ordinate Campaign Travellers.


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"Campaign Travellers has been consulting and working with both Henlow and Stondon parish councils over this project," Mr Smith, told CBC's executive committee.

"The proposals have caused a great deal of concern amongst the residents most importantly because the site would clear be unsuitable and unsustainable for the gipsy and traveller community."

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Mr Smith outlined the reasons why campaigners felt the site should be dropped from CBC's gipsy and travellers saying the proposed site was on a busy road; public transport was limited, the lower schools in the villages were at capacity, the local doctor's surgery had reached its capacity and the proposed site is opposite an operation airfield at RAF Henlow.

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