Caravan site protest raises thousands
THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised to support an appeal by a parish council against a decision to let a traveller family live on Green Belt land which is also a flood plain. Residents of Colney Heath have been signing a petition and sending their contri
THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised to support an appeal by a parish council against a decision to let a traveller family live on Green Belt land which is also a flood plain.
Residents of Colney Heath have been signing a petition and sending their contributions to parish councillor Chris Brazier to help the council fight the decision.
The parish are seeking a judicial review to overturn a decision made by a Government planning inspector to let traveller Peter Robb and his extended family put their caravans back on Nuckies Farm in Coursers Road for five years.
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Papers have been served on Hazel Blears, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, stating the grounds of the council's appeal and a response is expected soon.
The parish council are concerned that in light of Mr Robb's history - a seven-year battle with the district council has already cost taxpayers £60,000 and Mr Robb has served a term of imprisonment after defying a High Court order - allowing him back on the Green Belt site which is also in a high flood-risk area establishes a precedent.
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Cllr Brazier said a few thousand pounds had been posted through his door which would really help pay for the appeal, the first stage of which would cost the council around £10,000. He added: "The residents feel so strongly about this that they want to help. I am really pleased and grateful that we have the support of local people.