Travellers camp can stay by motorway

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Travellers living alongside a busy motorway have been told they can stay on, because a council has nowhere else to put them.

The 22-strong community, camped in eight caravans next to the M55 on land at Bartle, near Kirkham, has won permission to remain for the next two years, despite strong objections from residents.

The news has come as a huge blow to locals who claim that the travellers have caused numerous problems since arriving on Rosemary Lane in 2011.

Members of the city’s planning committee, who refuse to allow a permanent site on the land, admitted they had little option but to agree to extending their “temporary” stay because at present Preston doesn’t have enough spaces on authorised sites to accommodate them – and it could be two more years before they do.