Travellers fight planning permission decision

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TRAVELLERS ordered off a rural site will fight against a decision to deny them planning permission.

The group, who are living on land off Lancaster Road, Preesall, were given 18 months to leave the site following a public inquiry in April.

It followed emotive pleas from local residents who said their lives had been ruined by the travellers’ noise and the conversion of a green field into a commercial enterprise.

But the travellers, who moved on to the site in 2009 and lost their appeal against Wyre Council’s decision to refuse retrospective planning permission for eight caravan pitches and an enforcement order served upon them to vacate the site within nine months, last month, will now take their case to the High Court.

They claim they need a permanent base for health reasons and to allow their children to continue attending Fleetwood Charity C of E Primary School.

But Wyre MP Ben Wallace says he is “appalled” at the prospect of dragging the situation on for even longer than expected.

Mr Wallace said: “The travellers have been told they have 18 months to move off the land and this latest twist just seems like more stalling tactics at Wyre tax payers’ expense.

“My main concern is for the local residents who have had to endure this development for far too long already.

“It’s obvious that the decision to appeal has been taken without any regard for the rights or feelings of the people who have to live with this unauthorised development on a daily basis.

“Quite rightly the residents are asking what part of no do they not understand, and this is the message I will be taking back to ministers in a bid to keep this appeal as short as possible and to prevent this happening again in the future.”