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Traveller Sites In Leicester

Leicester City Council wants to build three authorised traveller sites in and around Birstall in Leicester. The decision is to be announced today.

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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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