Public urged to participate in Gypsy site hunt

Cllr Derek Zanger

Cllr Derek Zanger

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Councillors have agreed the terms of a public consultation to find sites which could be used for Gypsy and Traveller pitches.

Kettering Council is legally obliged to find suitable sites for Gypsies and Travellers, and councillors on the planning policy committee were presented with a report at a meeting on Tuesday.

A six-week public consultation is due to begin next month. Public meetings will take place in Kettering, Rothwell, Desborough and Burton Latimer.

Cllr Derek Zanger, the portfolio holder, said the council had identified eight sites which fulfilled all the criteria for pitches, as well as a further 10 possible sites.

He said: “The consultation will be with all parishes and towns that may be affected.”

And he encouraged local people to get involved with the consultation, adding: “Some people are more familiar with the sites than the borough council.

“Local knowledge is a good thing. If they know something about the sites then let us know.”

The council has to provide 37 pitches by the year 2031, of which 10 – including in Northampton Road, Broughton, at the Pastures and in Stoke Albany Road – have already been identified. Fifteen of the 37 pitches are required to be in place by 2022.

Drop-in consultation events will take place at the Methodist Church, Wellingborough, on Wednesday, June 12; at 1 Horsemarket, Kettering, on Monday, June 17; at the Civic Centre in Burton Latimer on Wednesday, June 26; and at Marlow House in Desborough on Monday, June 24.