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New sites needed for travellers

A council in Somerset is trying to find nearly 50 new areas for Gypsies and travellers who have previously used illegal sites.

North Somerset Council wants to provide 46 new pitch areas to accommodate short and long stays by 2011.

The council has said all travellers will pay rent to cover the cost of running the sites.

Councillor Elfan Ap Rees said the council was inviting land owners to suggest possible pitching areas.

He said recommended areas had to meet "strict criteria" and would be subject to planning approval and public consultation.

North Somerset Council currently have 42 pitches on six sites - public consultation on the possibility of extending some of the larger sites will begin in May.

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