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Council to cease ownership of three Traveller sites

Members of Lancashire County Council’s cabinet have agreed that the authority should cease the ownership of its three Traveller sites.

A public consultation was launched in May into the future of the sites in Lancaster, Hyndburn and Preston.

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

At a meeting today members of the cabinet voted to declare the sites surplus to the council’s needs.

However they also stated any transfer of ownership must be subject to a condition that each site can only be used as a Traveller site.

Cllr Geoff Driver CBE, leader of the council, said: “The county council has considered the results of the consultation very closely and I would like to thank everyone who gave us their views.

“This has been a difficult decision, but due to the significant financial pressures the council faces it is one we have had to take.

“We will now seek to keep all the affected residents informed about the next steps of this process.”

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

A financial deficit of £64.755m is being forecast by the authority in 2022/23.

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