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Hopes for new traveller sites

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 16, 2012

  • Caravans at Brea Village. for Julian. Ref : TRGH20120213B-001_C

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CORNWALL COUNCIL is monitoring a travellers' camp near an engine house on the Great Flat Lode at Camborne.

The group, believed to be six people with five small caravans and a converted vehicle, arrived in June last year.

The council is currently considering the accommodation and welfare needs of the group.

"This group, along with all other unauthorised encampments on land owned by or responsible to Cornwall Council, is monitored as the council actively looks for land for authorised sites where basic amenities can be given, such as water and toilet facilities for which the occupiers will pay a rent," said a council spokesman.

It was announced last month that Carrick Housing, the arms-length management organisation which looks after the council's homes in the former Carrick district, has successfully bid for funding for the provision of new authorised Gypsy and traveller sites.

Cornwall Council, along with every other local authority in the country, has a duty to provide suitable sites to meet the needs of its Gypsy and traveller community.

Cornwall has a history of unauthorised encampments and a lack of regulated alternative sites to move people to. The council added: "This government funding has been made available to provide new sites to address the accommodation needs of our Gypsies and travellers.

"It is hoped that a network of small sites can be developed across Cornwall to meet existing needs and to address unauthorised encampments."

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  • Charlespk  |  February 17 2012, 9:10AM

    'Common Purpose'. http://tinyurl.com/46uybh

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  • Charlespk  |  February 17 2012, 9:08AM

    First published in the Western Daily Press on SEPTEMBER 11th. 2001. Dear Editor, It's 12 midday on WEDNESDAY 20th. MARCH 2011 AD. The City is deathly quiet. The Air Quality Police haven't reopened the City since The Festival break in December and all vehicles are still banned. There are lights flashing from alarm systems but no-one seems to notice them. Most shops are just full of imitation goods for display purposes since audible alarms were made illegal by Tony Blair in 2005. Most retailers are claiming "Set-Aside" on empty shops or just selling sandwiches to illegals so it doesn't really matter anyway. It's been 9yrs. (I was a bit early. edited 22/11/2008) since the Great Wipe out, the stock market crash that revealed the enormous Index-Linked Pension Pyramid. Fortunately David Blunket our new Prime Minister defied Brussels and closed our borders so at least we were able to 'dig in' and survive, not like the continentals. The Tourists got fed up with Europe anyway. Cities became so overrun with addicts and illegals that everyone works from home now and city living has lost its appeal, most are now like neglected Theme Parks. People have long since abandoned Early Retirement. When their Pensions were devalued they wanted proper jobs to do, fortunately there's plenty of security work for the ex-policemen but even most of them stay at home and try to relearn some of the old domestic skills. The young people have started looking after their own babies again as they have begun to realise that child rearing is the most important and satisfying task that mankind has ever had to master. Global Warming hasn't happened yet in fact it's been another damned cold winter, neither did the Car Boom, recession saw to that and any way it was a pretty stupid proposition to suggest that 60,000,000 people would want 60,000,000 Cars. I mean half the population are old people and babies. Now that we've all got P.T.U.'s (Personal Transport Units) that are so quiet, clean and safe the young people are paying fortunes for 1980's Turbo-Charged Hot Cars. http://tinyurl.com/5uxhrms (Open link in new window.) The idiots who invested in Public Transport at the turn of the century really got their fingers burnt once there wasn't any money for subsidies. Our P.T.U.'s have now got a range of 350mls. between recharge (a bit optimistic) so who is going to bother with filthy trams and trains infested with druggies. 50% of railway lines have already been turned into Motorways as the Internet now accounts for 80% of all goods purchased. The distributors and carriers found the rail network was totally unworkable. Bill Gates was made bankrupt yesterday. Apple took over the Internet and it is now secure and idiot proof, and they now have the backing of the Big Two Banks. Goodness me! the shop bell! it's 2.30pm. a customer ? . . . The Festival must really be over! . . Ssh! . .We're not allowed to call it Christmas anymore. . . . . Oh no it's not. . . . It Looks like John Turner selling 'The Big Issue . . . . My word he's showing his age! . . . Last time I saw him he was going to be the new Director General of the BBC and was campaigning to get cannabis made illegal again . . It Cant Be. . . CAN IT ? lol: "Hello JT. . How's your luck mate!"

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  • Hanky_Spanky  |  February 16 2012, 11:35PM

    2ladybugs I do not support any social policy resulting in anyone in our society not having a place to live. For me it is not about giving precedence to Travellers. Chaz I once speculated on your profession and I think I got it wrong. Whatever it is you clearly do not work in a music shop because in that event you would have a record to change. ;0) .

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  • 2ladybugs  |  February 16 2012, 11:13PM

    @Hanky this is what I wrote on Feb 9th when faced with a report on travellers in the Forest of Dean. Their camper vans look top of the range as do their cars. "It always appears as one law for one group of people and one law for other groups of people. I bet if we parked a mobile home, an old camper van or anything else with wheels on, in our garden, and then used it as living accommodation we would soon be taken to task. I bet if I started to live in my small habitable stone barn all hell would let loose. Still there you go, we pay our taxes, why should we be allowed such luxuries" What has got to be realised is that there are many people who are working and paying their dues to this country who haven't got anywhere to live. Why can't they purchase a small parcel of land in the countryside and set up home there? If it were anybody other than travellers planning laws wouldn't allow it. This cannot be right.

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  • Charlespk  |  February 16 2012, 10:09PM
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  • Charlespk  |  February 16 2012, 10:06PM
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  • Charlespk  |  February 16 2012, 10:05PM

    No I am not. There are thousands of farmers and land owners with young people who do not have a home of their own. As I said; what's sauce for the goose! Do you really believe I would put my trust in either of these two. And certainly not a Labour politician New or Old.

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  • Slimslad  |  February 16 2012, 9:23PM

    "a trend sparked by Labour's introduction of the Human Rights Act."" Oh, Charles..You are a proper Tory. Nothing to do with the Europe and human rights legislation, then?

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  • Hanky_Spanky  |  February 16 2012, 9:18PM

    Well OK Chaz, don't know if it is an old stereotype, it gets used a lot and you have mentioned the Mercedes on the current thread. The detailed planning applications served on Local Authorities the last working day before a bank holiday while the tarmac is being warmed up are just a cynical way of presenting a fait accompli. I do not agree with them at all. But I keep coming back to the idea that this is one of the first times I have seen an article about efforts to give Travellers legal sites and expecting them to pay. Usually news stories are about moving them on. On your point about people just can't take to the road and have the state bale them out, I am not an expert on this but I thought there was a requirement to provide sites for Travellers.

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  • Charlespk  |  February 16 2012, 8:53PM

    Quote:- "But this is a problem not just for the people of Blackmore. In recent years there has been a huge growth in the number of illegal traveller sites, a trend sparked by Labour's introduction of the Human Rights Act."

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