Newark and Sherwood District Council to seek government funding to help supply gypsies and travelers


Work on the provision of gypsies and travelers to Newark and Sherwood continues, with a council to apply for government funding this month and a public consultation planned for the summer.

A number of sites have already been identified — 69 of the 118 needed — that will only barely meet the needs of the next five to ten years, not the ten to fifteen needed.

These are the Chestnut Lodge in Barnby, which can accommodate 20 pitches; the old Belvoir Ironworks south of Newark, which could accommodate 30 people; and Trent Lane, which would host 19. The other two have not been publicly identified.

A view of one of the sites on Tolney Lane, Newark.

Council leader David Lloyd previously said Newark and Sherwood District Council needed £8.4m to cover the cost of supplying it, and the government had only allocated £10m. £1m, councils being able to claim a maximum of £1m.

At a cabinet meeting, Mr Lloyd said: “[We may receive] the maximum amount, maybe we don’t require it, but my colleagues will know how many times we’ve called for sites — there are some that have been identified, four or five depending on how you want to look at it .

“There is one site in particular that could progress and we need to look into that.”

The council will apply to the government for funding this month.
The council will apply to the government for funding this month.

He told colleagues the authority was continuing talks with the Environment Agency in relation to the Tolney Lane area to implement flood mitigation and emergency flood setback.

He said if the council could remediate some of these sites, he would revisit these locations without planning permission and ask them to vacate.

There are approximately 400 locations currently in Newark and Sherwood, the majority of which are on Tolney Lane. The council will only seek to add them if road safety improvements can be made so residents can better evacuate in times of flooding.

The council hopes its procurement plan will be ready for public consultation throughout July/August/September, before it is then submitted to the Secretary of State.


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