Published: 04/03/2013 11:00 - Updated: 04/03/2013 08:58

Residents to challenge traveller site decision

BY LAUREN ARCHELL
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A number of residents from Barton-Le-Clay have said that they are prepared to fight Central Bedfordshire Council’s decision to put proposals for a traveller site on Faldo Road through to consultation.

Councillor Ian Shingler has said that he is ‘disappointed’ with the verdict.

He said: “It goes against everything in the council reports and against the advice of our consultants.

“This will be a long fight, and it is one that I’m prepared to see through.

“I guess it is a case of who will join me for the fight.”

Resident Chris Evans added that he had very serious concerns about the safety of the site, particularly with regards to its proximity with the dual carriageway on the A6.

He said: “We have a number of issues. There is protected wildlife in the area, and we are worried that someone will be very badly hurt if they try to cross the section of the A6 from the site to the village.

“We have set up a residents group and are in this for the long haul.

“It isn’t over yet, but we have got to be constructive now and find the best way forward.”

There will be a meeting at the Church Hall in Barton at 7pm on Thursday to discuss the proposals.

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