Deadlock remains over travellers site as council presses ahead with injunction

A ROW over an illegal travellers’ site in Wisbech looks set to continue after council officers said they intended to press ahead with an injunction to remove them - despite their bid to seek approval for seven residential plots.

A previous planning application by Elizabeth Curtis for retrospective permission to create seven Romany gypsy plots at the site in Redmoor Lane was thrown out after Fenland District Council said it was being occupied illegally.

However another planning application, also for seven retrospective plots, has now been submitted and validated, meaning it will go out to consultation and be debated upon by the planning committee later this year.

A design and access statement submitted by E&P Building Design, which is representing Mrs Curtis, said: “The applicant confirms that all occupants come from old established ethnic indigenous ‘Romany Gypsy’ families (they are not Irish or New Age Travellers) and all occupants are a related family group, and have always maintained a Romany Gypsy lifestyle.

“Whilst the applicant has occupied a house in the past, this led to health problems and a letter from the applicants medical advisers regarding this is enclosed.

“No other occupants have occupied a house or other permanent residential dwelling in the past.”

One nearby resident, who did not want to be named, said she was opposed to the application because of the high amount of police presence on the site in the past and the noise created by power generators.