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New Pitches for Travellers

Bedford Borough Council has secured government funding of more than £600,000 to provide new facilities for gypsies and travellers.

Allocations from the Gypsy and Traveller Site Grant have been announced by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and total nearly £2.2million for the East of England.

In Bedford, the money will be used to create two additional pitches at the existing Kempston Hardwick site as well as providing an emergency stopping place at Meadow Lane for gypsies and travellers passing through the borough.

Located just south of the A603 and near the A421 Bedford bypass, Meadow Lane will provide nine emergency stopping pitches as well as basic facilities to cater for travelling families. It will also be a fully managed and secure site.

Commenting on the news, Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said:  "This is good news for local residents and gypsies and travellers. Local communities in the Borough have suffered for too long from unlawful encampments on greens and open spaces.

“Once we have provided properly managed sites then the police and ourselves are in a stronger position to deal with the unauthorised encampments which have caused disruption for so many years.

“The encampments will also provide suitable accommodation for gypsies and travellers and prevent this merry-go-round of caravans being moved on from one place to another."

Councillor Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Planning and Licensing, said: “I wholly welcome this new funding. I am very keen to find ways to push ahead with providing much needed facilities for gypsies and travellers in Bedford Borough and I believe this money will help towards this.”

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