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Residents speak out against Greens’ proposed new Traveller site

Cllr. Theobald hands in the petition at Hove Town Hall

Conservative Group Leader and Patcham Ward Councillor – Geoffrey Theobald – has handed in a petition at Hove Town Hall on behalf of over 1,600 local residents who are objecting to the Green Administration’s plans for a new permanent traveller site, next to the existing ‘transit’ site at Horsdean.

The petition will be formally presented at the Full Council meeting tomorrow (19th July) with a recommendation, put forward by the Conservatives, that there should be no new traveller site in the South Downs National Park. At the same meeting, Cllr. Theobald will also be proposing a Notice of Motion asking the Council and the Police to use the powers that they have to take swifter action against travellers who unlawfully occupy the city’s parks.

Cllr. Theobald said: “This petition just shows the strength of public feeling there is out there in the local community about another traveller site in Patcham and I would like to thank everyone who has signed it. I am personally not convinced that this new site, if it is given the go ahead, will make any difference to the number of unlawful traveller encampments on the city’s precious parks, as the Greens are claiming. The numbers of people signing this petition is still growing and I think that it sends a clear signal to the South Downs National Park Authority, who have the ultimate say on whether this proposed new site gets the go ahead.”