Wednesday, October 6, 2010
NOT IN MY BACKYARD AGAIN
Hundreds march over plans for gypsy site near Dewsbury
Published on Tue Oct 05 11:17:46 BST 2010
MORE than 700 people took to the streets during a protest march against plans for a permanent travellers site near Dewsbury.
Hundreds marched through Dewsbury on Saturday to meet a second group of protesters from Ossett before converging on the Dewsbury Rams Tetley’s Stadium in Shaw Cross where a rally was held.
The stadium in Owl Lane is just a short distance from the Ossett tip which Wakefield City Council is considering turning into a travellers site as part of its Local Development Framework (LDF).
The plans for the site have been met with widespread anger from people living on both sides of the Dewsbury-Ossett border.
Hundreds of letters and several petitions with thousands of signatures were sent to the council before a public consultation closed last week.
Dewsbury MP Simon Reevell, who spoke at the rally, said: “It’s something people just don’t want and shouldn’t have to have.
“We had the march to keep the pressure up and I would hope common sense will see they will come back fairly quickly and, whatever else they’re doing about LDF, they won’t have a travellers site.”
Posted by Morgan at 6:32 PM