Sitemaps of Travelers at Pirbright sent to Surrey County Council | United Kingdom | News

Daniel Hill wants travelers to use the land as it is brownfield and will not significantly harm the environment. The old junkyard, near Pirbright, Surrey, is derelict and Daniel thinks it could accommodate 20 caravans.

Talk to surrey live, the owner said, “Everyone deserves a safe place to live. And gypsies and travelers are just people.

“A lot of people don’t see it that way, they see it as a problem in a way. ‘These are people we need to banish from Surrey, these are people we don’t want in our society.’ And really, that’s not how it should be seen.

“It’s the perfect place. I feel like I have the solution and I’m glad it’s happening.”

Traveler communities across the UK have recently come under fire for using plots of land without obtaining planning permission. In one case, a wooded area near a picturesque country village was even felled to make way for a tourist site.

So Daniel asked a planning consultant to work on an application to Guildford Borough Council.

He added: “The advantages are quite considerable. The first advantage is that it is a brownfield site. It’s not like you are developing in the greenbelt.

“And we could deliver that site for a fraction of the cost. Our estimated cost to develop the site into a 20-pitch staging site is around £600,000.”

He said his proposed site had the full support of the charity Friends, Families and Travelers.

Plans for the site include facilities for those who use it, including temporary educational provision for children and health facilities.

Social media users praised Daniel.

One wrote: “Excellent. A real human.”

Another posted: “Good. They need a place to go.”

A spokesperson for Surrey County Council said the legal responsibility to provide and maintain Gypsies and Travelers (GRT) sites lay with district and borough councils, but County Council had supported the need by providing land for the sites.

The spokesperson said the collaboration of all local government agencies in the county to advance the Pendell Transit site has led to a review of individual GRT approaches and that a county-wide approach is being worked on. developed to better meet the needs of the community.

They added: “The GRT community is entitled to the same services as the hosted community, including the right to occupy premises suitable for use.

“This includes accessible accommodation and facilities. By providing a transit site in Surrey, the transient GRT population will have the opportunity to address issues such as access to healthcare and social services.

“The provision of electricity and hot water facilities will help provide essential temporary respite from the rigors of life spent on the road.”

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