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Views sought over traveller sites

Residents of South Cambridgeshire are to be asked for their views on plans for 88 new pitches for travellers on 20 sites in the county.

The district council said the vast majority of pitches would be extensions of current traveller sites.

They include five sites on the edge of Cambridge, nine in Willingham and sites in Northstowe, Cambourne, Fulbourn, Swavesey and Whaddon.

A new site would at Bassingbourn. The consultation will start on 10 July.

'Important issue'

The council said it was required by the East of England Plan to provide gypsy and traveller sites to meet a need identified at regional level.

Portfolio holder for new communities David Bard said: "Gypsies and travellers are a part of South Cambridgeshire life and always have been.

"We recognise that gyspy and traveller sites are an important issue to the residents of South Cambridgeshire and we are committed to involving the community throughout the process of identifying these new permanent sites.

"I am confident we have the arrangements in place to consult effectively with the public and would encourage people to put their comments and any alternative site suggestions forward for consideration."

The consultation will end on 9 October.

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