Green MP for Brighton Pavilion – Caroline Lucas – has been forced into holding a public meeting on the proposed new £1.7 million permanent traveller site at Horsdean after an ‘open surgery’ she was holding last Friday was inundated with irate local residents.
Over 60 local residents turned up at the Old Boat Corner Community Centre in Hollingbury to voice their objections to the plans for the new traveller site which are being put forward by Ms. Lucas’ Green Party colleagues at Brighton & Hove City Council. Ms. Lucas initially refused to speak to the residents en masse but eventually agreed to see them in small groups after over an hour’s wait and, following persistent questioning, she finally agreed to hold a public meeting on the issue in October.
One local resident – Karen Miles – has launched a new e-petition calling on the South Downs National Park Authority to turn down the planning application for the new site which is expected to be submitted by the Council in September. The e-petition can be signed at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-new-traveller-site-in-the-south-downs-national/
Local Patcham Ward Councillor –Brian Pidgeon– who attended Friday’s surgery said: “I hope that Ms Lucas is now beginning to see the strength of public feeling in Patcham against her party’s proposed new traveller site. However, by all accounts the Council will already have submitted their planning application by the time of the promised public meeting. It is therefore vital that members of the South Downs National Park Authority attend this meeting as it is they who will ultimately decide whether or not this goes ahead.”