Residents win first round in Blyth gypsy site battle
Decision deferred until further consultation carried out
A decision to site a proposed gypsy transit camp in the Kitty Brewster/Cowpen area in Blyth was considered by Northumberland County Council inaugural ‘Petitions Committee’ on Wed (24/10/12) and was put on hold after councillors decided the council hadn’t carried out enough consultation of people in the area.
Husband and wife Councillor team, Grant and Susan Davey who represent the wards accompanied the residents who had presented a 677 name petition asking the council to reconsider its decision and Blyth Town Council added its weight to the push to make the council think again.
Chair of the South East Area Committee Labour councillor Ian Swithenbank put forward a motion to recommend the Liberal executive defer the decision until further public consultation had been carried out and further options for potential sites with less impact on residents had been explored.
Local Councillor Grant Davey said
‘We’re pleased that the committee recognised what we’ve been saying throughout. The council hadn’t consulted with the community involved and tried to ‘bulldoze’ a decision through which would have had far reaching ramifications on residents. We think it is right that the council should consider other sites across Northumberland. As local councillors and in conjunction with Blyth Town Council we’ve sought to work with the residents and make the council listen and this pause is an opportunity for Jeff Reid and his Liberal executive to review all available locations across the whole of the county not just Blyth’.