Oxford

Concerns raised over Romany gypsy site near A34

Plans for a travellers' site near an Oxfordshire village have been criticised by residents.

The Romany Gypsy Advisory Group wants to create a site for eight mobile homes, touring caravans and utility rooms on a piece of scrubland near the A34 between Islip and Hampton Poyle.

More than 30 people living nearby have so far objected, because of fears about over development and flooding.

The group said the homes would be raised to avoid flooding problems.

'Well managed'

Kimberley Manning, who lives in the area, said she appreciated that the housing needed a location.

She said: "I think if there was a development proposed perhaps a bit closer to the village that could be a bit more integrated in the community, then it should be strongly considered."

Joseph Jones from the Gypsy Council said the site would be managed properly.

He said: "People who have their own sites look after them very well. They don't cause trouble in the village because they live in the village."

A decision on the application is due to be taken by Cherwell District Council before the end of September.

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