Lincolnshire travellers' site 'delayed and over budget'

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A new legal travellers' site in the South Holland district of Lincolnshire is over budget and behind schedule, it has emerged.

The site, near Holbeach, is more than four months late and 40% over its original cost of £700,000.

The council is developing the 10-pitch site to house travellers who are living illegally in the district.

South Holland District Council said the project was "complex and difficult to complete".

The scheme was due to have been completed by April, but could be delayed until the end of the year.

Overhead power

"The delays relate firstly to county council highway works approvals and work by the electrical suppliers, Central Networks, to complete work on overhead power cable diversion and provision of electricity to the site," the council said in a statement.

Councillor Angela Newton said: "It is not being delivered on time or on budget. It will be another three months or so to allow them to remove overhead power lines.

"We will be asking for some detailed information and breakdown of figures - with that money we could have built us five council houses."

She said the council had two illegal travellers sites in its district and needed to supply the travellers with a more permanent site.

"It doesn't have to be a Rolls-Royce site, like this one appears to be, but we do have to supply one."

Ms Newton said another site has been suggested for Sutton Bridge and an inquiry will look at whether it is suitable for a transient site for travellers.

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