Somerset

Three Bath and North East Somerset traveller sites dropped

Travellers' caravan (generic)
Image caption Bath and North East Somerset Council currently provides no authorised sites for travellers

Proposals for authorised sites for travellers are "almost certain" to be dropped in three parts of Somerset where they met with opposition.

Bath and North East Somerset Council (Banes) consulted on six sites at Whitchurch, Stanton Wick, Radstock, Keynsham, Newbridge and Twerton.

Following opposition, Stanton Wick, Keynsham and Radstock are likely to be dropped.

The possible locations will now be at Whitchurch, Newbridge and Twerton.

The report will be considered by the Liberal Democrat-run council's cabinet on 12 September.

Lib Dem Tim Ball, councillor responsible for homes and planning, said: "As things stand and under these proposed new criteria, I believe it is almost certain the three sites suggested at Stanton Wick, Ellsbridge House, and Radstock Infant School Canteen will not be included in our final plans."

Conservative councillors said they were "celebrating the news".

Banes currently provides no authorised sites for the travelling community.

Over the past 10 years there have been about 20 unauthorised traveller sites across the district.

The final proposals will be submitted to the government in April 2013, and will not be adopted until 2014.

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