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I suppose that it could be an earner for the council if they charge the right amount for the travellers to stay there. Say a months council tax per van, with the stipulation that they can only stay for a period of one week maximum.(vharged at the highest banding of course which would still be cheaper than renting a pitch in most caravan parks for the same period)

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I can well believe it will be in a Labour area.... the Lefties are banking on the fact that their support in that area is rock solid and there is no way the residents would ever vote Tory or Lib Dum..... minimum fallout for those lefties who will make the ultimate decision :)

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If this man is quoting the housing act of 2004 as a reason to accomodate these travellers, why wasn't it done in 2004? Why not 2005? why has it taken over 10 years? and why should we do it now? Are they allowed a vote or something when they stay here?

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Perhaps if Gov could think through the consequences of their actions, they could prepare for some obvious out comes. EG: the latest idea to fine landlords for renting to migrants, will merely tip them onto the streets, raising the possibility of migrant camps (like the Calais one) throughout the UK; unless of course, they carry on housing them in hotels at tax-payer's expense.. This suggests that such "camps" should be made illegal and would include travellers too; thus allowing the Police authority to clear them asap. As for the migrants, instead of allowing them to roam the UK, they should be repatriated asap.

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The council has set aside £2m in the budget to provide an official transit site in the town.

Yet they can't find sufficient funds to keep our streets clean and the gutters weed free, the towns roads are still riddled with pot holes from the winter of 2010 and now they propose to give our money to provide a haven for these people that choose to live the lives of moble tramps that contribute nothing to our local economy (or national come to that).

Yes! I have signed the petition and so would any right minded person living in the Warrington area.

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All getting very confusing, todays news has the deputy leader saying that there is/was no plans for a transit site at Padgate like Clr Bennett has said.

So why did he (Bennett) say it then, was he just trying to rattle people or something ? 

http://www.warrington-worldwide.co.uk/2015/08/10/no-traveller-camp-for-padgate-says-council/

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I don't believe Kevin Bennet just made it up.
There has been/is a focus group who've been trying to identify a suitable site because like it or not WBC have a statuary obligation to provide one. The task the focus group face can't be easy because they must be aware that wherever they choose it won't be a popular decision and there will be opposition from local residents.

The fact that we haven't had a designated transit site throughout the previous years has led to planning permission being given to permanent sites that otherwise could have been denied permission - and these will remain as well as the new site. We've had illegal camps and all the clean up costs that go with them and this will continue until a site is found - so the sooner one is decided on the better.

 

Everyone, (except Kevin Bennet) is saying that no decision has been made - but they are all being somewhat misleading.
It seems obvious that the focus group has made a decision - to recommend the site in question and put this forward to the exec board who may or may not have decided to progress this to the planning stage. I think it's more probable than not that they've made a decision to progress it, as any denials have stipulated that no 'definite' decision has been made - which of course is the case as nothing is 'definite' until the development control board make their decision.
Their saying 'there will be full public consultation' is merely reference to the 'consultation' of the planning process. But as we all know from past experience many planning decisions are already cut and dried before the development control board meet.
Due to Kevin Bennet's intervention and the subsequent 2,000+ petition this site may end up being re-considered!

 

I can see where Kevin Bennet is coming from in that there is not a lot of openness and transparency in the choosing of a site but the way he goes about revealing it is somewhat over the top. He would be better to just state the facts without all the slagging off because all this bitter name calling is making him look less like 'a man with a purpose' and more like a 'man on a mission - to drag down his former party members'.

Whatever, the problem still remains. Where is the site to be? No-one seems to want one in their area so what would be a fair way of choosing one? Anyone got any suggestions of where there is a suitable site?

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Whatever Cllr Bennetts motives, I too suspect that his statement wasn't far from the truth, coming as it did after the announcement that £2m of council money had been set aside for a transit camp, that councillors on the traveller task group had 'voted on the site in December' and the clincher 'But its location remains a closely guarded secret over fears of the likely reaction of residents near to where it would open.'

Back pedal as WBC will, there it is.

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It just amazes me that council money has to be spent on finding these vagrants a place to stop over while cuts are being made to public services for the people whose money it is in the first place. The money should be spent on the people of Warrington that pay their way in life not a bunch of travelling litter bugs.... what next? Are the council going to have to set aside a few million to send to Italy to help Syrian refugees?

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