Lancashire

Public inquiry examines Preesall travellers' site

A public inquiry is beginning into a decision by a Lancashire council to turn down travellers' plans to develop land into a residential site.

Wyre Council refused an application by the group to create a permanent site on greenbelt land off Lancaster Road in Preesall.

The travellers, who have been ordered to leave the land, have appealed against the decision.

The inquiry at Wyre Civic Centre in Poulton is due to last three days.

Travellers' spokesman James Lowther said: "We own the land here, so we just want the permission to be passed so we can put the kids into school and we'll be able to go to work.

"We've all got clean records and we're not causing any hassle. We just want to get on with our lives.

"The only place we've got to live in is the middle of the road or shopping centres and industrial estates."

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