New Pitches for Travellers
Bedford Borough Council has secured government
funding of more than £600,000 to provide new facilities for gypsies
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
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
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