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Cabinet to debate Traveller sites’ consultation

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Proposals by Lancashire County Council to cease ownership of three Traveller sites will be considered by its’ cabinet next week.

A public consultation was launched in May after it was proposed the sites in Lancaster, Hyndburn and Preston could be declared surplus to the council’s needs.

Their future is under review as the county council does not have a legal duty to provide Traveller sites.

The day-to-day running of the sites is presently undertaken by the relevant district councils.

Gary Pearse, head of estates, said: “The county council has undertaken a comprehensive consultation on these proposals.

“This has involved staff visiting sites on a number of occasions to advise individual residents on the proposal and consultation process, as well as making the questionnaire available in local libraries and the council’s website.

“The results of the consultation will now be considered by members of the cabinet.”

A total of £131,000 per year is budgeted for running costs and maintenance issues at the sites.

Depending on the decision any proposed transfers would be subject to a condition that the sites could only be used as Traveller sites.

For more information view the report to the 5 September cabinet meeting council.lancashire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=122&MId=9449

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