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Gypsy site £1.2m expansion plan in East Yorkshire

A £1.2m plan to expand a gypsy and travellers' site in East Yorkshire has been revealed.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council was awarded funding from the government to improve the site, no longer "fit for purpose" at Eppleworth Road, Cottingham.

The council says the extension to the site will help reduce unauthorised encampments by travellers.

Plans include increasing the number of pitches from 10 to 20.

It will also include the installation of new facilities.

The site has been in existence since the 1980s. The council said it had been acknowledged as no longer fit for purpose and work was required to bring it up to acceptable standards.

Overcrowding solution

If plans are approved, work will take place on the site over the next 12 to 18 months.

The council said it had a legal duty to provide permanent traveller sites.

Andy Hazell, from East Riding Council, said the people on the site were disadvantaged because of the state of the site which he described as "past its sell-by date."

He said : "The units were prefabricated and were built over 20 years ago. The intention is to replace all the units and deal with overcrowding by putting another 10 pitches on the site."

'Up to standard'

"The council has to look after residents in terms of dealing with their needs.

"It needs new facilities in terms of amenities for the tenants. And as with any other tenant we look after we have to make sure they are up to standard."

An exhibition with information about the council's proposals for the site were on show at Cottingham Civic Hall, Market Green, Cottingham on Thursday.

The council intends to submit a planning application later in the year.

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