Council chief rules out potential travellers’ site following protest

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OBJECTORS to a potential new travellers’ site in Durkar have welcomed Wakefield Council’s decision to ditch the proposals.

Dozens of protestors from Durkar, Crigglestone, Kettlethorpe and Sandal held a demonstration at the site off Durkar Low Lane last month.

They claimed a travellers’ site would have had a negative impact on house prices, nearby businesses, traffic and crime.

Denise Jeffery, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, visited the Durkar site over Christmas.

Coun Jeffery said: “No decision had been made about the Durkar site but after seeing the area for myself, I fully agree with the concerns raised by the local community.

“This is not the appropriate place for a traveller site and we are no longer considering Durkar as a potential location.”

Former Wakefield Mayor Norman Hazell opposed the plan because he said the proposed site was on a dangerous road bend. He said: “I am delighted and relieved. This seems a sensible decision.

“This has nothing to do with travellers. The site is just so dangerous.”

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