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Residents are furious over proposals for traveller site

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Residents say they are “disgusted” they were not told about proposals for a £560,000 gypsy and traveller site near their homes.

Chorley Council was told it must find a site after a study showed there was a need for five permanent pitches.

Nine possible locations have been identified, with Cowling Farm, off Cowling Road, the preferred option.

A consultation is now underway for people to have their say before a decision is made.

But people living near Cowling Farm say they have not been contacted, while schools around the borough and organisations outside Chorley are being consulted.

Glen Hutchinson, who runs The Spinners At Cowling pub, held a residents’ meeting attended by 70 people on Wednesday.

He said: “The part we are all disgusted about is that we are all tax payers, but not one of us was informed about this by the council.”

Shirley Parkin, of Cowling Road, said: “I’m a bit upset that they have not considered people. I have not even got a letter.”

Mike Hitchmough, also of Cowling Road, said: “At no time were we informed by the council. The lack of communication is disappointing.”

Concerns also included the amount of traffic, plans for a new access road to the site and the number of travellers who would be there.

Residents are now forming a steering committee and plan to write to councillors.

The council has a set consultation process and a spokesman said 1,500 letters had been sent out.

Coun Alistair Bradley, council leader, said: “Following detailed analysis of all sites, our preferred option is Cowling Farm because it meets all the criteria in that it’s suitable, available and

deliverable.

“However, we want to hear people’s views, that’s the point of a consultation.”

To have your say, go to www.chorley.gov.uk or visit the council offices on Union Street before July 16.

The other proposed sites are: Yarrow Bridge Depot, off Bolton Road, Chorley; Cabbage Hall Fields, off Cowslip Way, Chorley; land off Westhoughton Road, Heath Charnock; land on Ackhurst Road, Chorley; land adjacent to Northgate Drive, Chorley; Crosse Hall Lane, Chorley; Harrisons Farm, off Harrison Road, Adlington; and Hut Lane, Heath Charnock.

 

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