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PCC describes some travellers as 'roving bands of brigands'

A summit meeting was held in Birmingham today to try and tackle the issues surrounding unauthorised traveller camps.

He says many are good people but a minority are nothing more than "roving bands of brigands" who are threatening others and committing crime.

He wants to tackle the problem of travellers taking over public spaces and trashing industrial buildings and believes more needs to be done to create official camp sites.

Work on Leicester travellers' sites to start in summer

Leicester City Council will spend £400,000 building the permanent travellers' sites Credit: PA

Work to construct two controversial permanent gyspy and traveller sites in Leicester will start this summer.

Leicester City Council will provide £400,000 towards the developments at Redhill Way and Greengate Lane.

Another one and a half million pounds will come from the Housing and Communities Agency.

Both sites are due to be ready by March next year, despite residents strongly protesting against them.

The city council has previously been accused of not consulting residents properly over the plans.

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Leicester council to decide location of gypsy sites

A decision will be made this evening on the location of two proposed gypsy and traveller sites in Leicester.

The City Council's Planning and Development Committee will hear the formal application from from the developer Framework Housing Association to build two sites in the north of the city.

There has been fierce opposition to the sites from local campaign group LE4, who claim residents have not been properly consulted over the plans, and that those living close to Greengate Lane have suffered from the "illegally tolerated" travellers at the site.

Developers want to create 6 pitches at Greengate Lane, and ten at Redhill Way.

The council says any residents who oppose the plans are free to express their views at tonight's meeting, which takes place at the African Caribbean Centre in Highfields, Leicester at 6pm.

Government: 'Only sustainable plans should be supported'

The National Planning Policy Framework makes very clear that only sustainable development for local plans should be supported, not development in any location or at any cost. It also contains strong environmental protections, including for Green Belt land.

Additionally the government does not set housing or Gypsy and Traveller pitch targets, and abolished the flawed top-down targets.

All local councils are encouraged to have up to date local plans, setting out how they will meet their accommodation needs for local people, and which take into account the views of local communities.

– Department for Communities and Local Government
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