Hundreds make their voices heard in traveller site meeting

Hundreds turn out for meeting about traveller sites in Leicester
Hundreds turn out for meeting about traveller sites in Leicester Photo: ITV Central

Leicester's Lord Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby lead a presentation into the plans and was interrupted on a number of occasions by locals who fired oppositions across the hall.

Many are concerned about the impact of the sites on traffic, schools and house prices in their local areas. Travellers say they need somewhere more permanent to live.

The council says there were around 90 unauthorised camps between 2009 and 2011 in Leicestershire, and that these sites would provide a more long-term solution.

Consultation continues until April 13th, and if given the go ahead construction on the first site would start at the end of this year.

It's clear however from the strength of feeling here tonight that the debate on this issue is far from over.