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Opposition to Brockdish traveller site

PUBLISHED: 09:22 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:57 12 July 2010

RESIDENTS of Brockdish have set up a working group to spearhead opposition to proposals for a permanent gipsy and traveller settlement in their village.

RESIDENTS of Brockdish have set up a working group to spearhead opposition to proposals for a permanent gipsy and traveller settlement in their village.

The site is one of nine potential locations put forward by South Norfolk Council, which is looking to make up a shortfall in its services for travelling communities in the district.

The decision to set up Brockdish Working Group followed a public meeting at the village hall, which was packed to capacity.

David Jarrold, the group's spokes-man, said: "The residents of Brock-dish feel very strongly that this is an inappropriate choice of site when considering factors such as the impact on the surrounding environ-ment, the dramatic increase in numbers at the school and the safety concerns regarding the highways."

The land earmarked for the development is next to the A143 Yarmouth to Diss road, with the site access close to its junction with the main road leading to the village.

The plot overlooks the River Waveney, and the owner of the land informed the meeting that he was against the proposal and had put the matter of compulsory purchase in the hands of his agent.

The parish council also outlined its opposition to the site, key issues being the environment and a conflict with planning policies. Objections were voiced too by the head of Brockdish school and local county council representative, who feels the site fails to meet highways standards.

The district council now has eight weeks of public consultations on the proposals. The shortlisted potential permanent sites are at Earsham, Brockdish, Ketteringham, Spooner Row, Stanfield and Suton, with a possible transit site being established beside the A47/A11 Thickthorn roundabout south of Norwich.


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