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Leicester traveller sites: ongoing discussions

Sir Peter Soulsby, City Mayor of Leicester, says concessions have already been made regarding the size of the sites and further discussions will take place with members of the travelling community.

We've looked long and hard at the issues people have raised - for example we've agreed to limit the size of the Greengate Lane site to minimise the impact on nearby residents. We're also not planning to allow these sites to expand beyond the planned number of pitches.

Over the next three months I also want to further discussions with the county and district councils to ensure they are playing their part...I also want members of the travelling community to be involved in discussions about how they could help develop and manage sites.

– Sir Peter Soulsby, City Mayor of Leicester

Traveller sites: "very hard decision"

16 pitches have today been proposed on two sites around Leicester.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby says:

This has been a very hard decision which was never going to be popular but the council has for years put off tackling the issue of unauthorised encampments across the city, which have numbered more than 115 between January 2009 and September 2012.

It is no longer enough for us to do nothing, and the extra pitches offered by these sites should be a step towards us getting on top of the problem of unauthorised encampments.

– Sir Peter Soulsby, Leicester City Mayor

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Traveller camp building decision announced today

Plans on whether three new travellers sites are to be built in Leicester are going to be made today Credit: ITV Central

The decision on where authorised traveller camps will be built in Leicester will be made today. Three sites have been considered since last February year.

City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby will make an announcement later. Thousands of people have signed petitions against the plans.