Bovingdon villagers turn out in opposition to proposed traveller site

Bovingdon Parish Council meeting discussing plan for gypsy site attracts a big turnout
Bovingdon Parish Council meeting discussing plan for gypsy site attracts a big turnout

There was standing room only as villagers turned out at a council meeting to voice their objections against plans for a traveller site on Green Belt land.

Bovingdon parish councillors were expecting a crowd at last night’s planning summit, which usually only draws a handful of people out of their homes.

Council clerk Mike Kember said: “A number of villagers had indicated that there would be a big turn out.”

The application up for discussion at the Memorial Hall in High Street was a proposal for eight gypsy families to set up home on land next to the Bobsleigh Hotel in Hempstead Road.

The parish council has employed a planning consultant to help draw up the council’s objections to the application, which will be based on the grounds that a traveller site would be inappropriate use of precious Green Belt land.

Among those to turn out were members of a campaign group called Bovingdon Action Group that was set up by householders in response to the controversial planning application.

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