North West Wales

Two traveller sites earmarked by Conwy council

Traveller camp at Bangor Road
Image caption The Bangor Road site is currently occupied by two families, said the report

Two preferred sites have been earmarked for Gypsy and traveller communities by Conwy council officials.

Councillors are being recommended to accept land at Bangor Road, Conwy, as a permanent residential base.

And a temporary base at Smithy Lane, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, is being considered as part of an assessment of potential sites in north Wales.

A Conwy council report said one unlawful camp had recently cost it £20,000 in legal and clean-up fees.

It said recent encampments at Tir Llwyd Industrial Estate, Betws yn Rhos, Mochdre Commerce Park and Betws-y-Coed had "exacerbated" the issue.

Councils have to provide official sites by law.

The report said Bangor University had carried out an assessment of accommodation needs for Gypsy and traveller communities in north Wales and had concluded that three pitches were needed in Conwy county.

It added that while a permanent site was needed in the county borough, a temporary base could be shared with neighbouring areas.

A Welsh government spokesperson said: "We recognise there is a pressing need for additional permanent and transit Gypsy and traveller sites across Wales and we support their development to help address social exclusion and reduce overcrowding and homelessness."

Two families are currently living on-site at Bangor Road, Conwy, on a temporary basis, said the report.

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