Dudley transit travellers site to be approved after Ministers reject opposition
A transit site for travellers in Dudley that would give Police more powers to remove illegal traveller encampments can now be approved after Government Ministers referred the decision back to Dudley Council.
Today, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government wrote to Dudley Council to inform them that the Secretary of State has decided that the planning application should be determined by the local Council and not “called in” to the Planning Inspectorate.
“Following my letter to the Minister, I am delighted that approval has been given to allow the Council to push on with the establishment of the transit site. It is a proven way of preventing travellers from occupying our local green spaces and denying local residents access to such amenities.”
Once operational, the site will enable Police to direct illegal encampments to move to the transit site within two hours, or be asked to leave the borough completely.
“I hope that work at the site will commence soon to ensure that we do not have any repeats of the issues that my constituents have been facing, particularly in the Withymoor area.”
Cllr Patrick Harley, Leader of Dudley Council, said:
“We welcome today’s decision from the Secretary of State. We are continuing to have illegal encampments in the borough, which demonstrates more than ever that we need this transit site. Each time it costs us and the Dudley taxpayer thousands of pounds in legal fees and clean-up costs, which is why it’s now time to take action and put a stop to this. We are now in a position to progress our plans and I look forward to it being in operation early next year.”