Traveller Site Plans to go to Public

Dudley residents are being invited to have their say on plans that could see a temporary travellers’ site set up in the borough. 

Dudley Council says an increase in travellers taking over public land has cost taxpayers around £150,000 a year since 2015.

Cllr Patrick Harley, the leader of Dudley Council, said: “In recent years, unauthorised camps have caused distress and anger among residents, as well as costing taxpayers thousands of pounds to clean up…

“At the moment, our only response is… a legal process which takes up to a week to evict a group of travellers, only for them to move on to another site nearby. Having a transit site will stop this from happening.

“Evidence from other local authorities indicates that transit sites are used very infrequently and the most significant effect [they have] is preventing travellers establishing encampments… in the first place.

It’s understood that the council are in favour of setting up the temporary travellers’ site on a site they own on Budden Road, Coseley.

Dudley residents can have their say on the council’s proposals up until the consultation’s closing date on 19th January 2018 at

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