Hundreds object to travellers’ site

A travellers site.
A travellers site.

PROTESTORS to a proposal for a new travellers’ site at Darfield have met to rubber stamp their official objection list.

The orderly meeting at Illsley Road Community Centre followed an initial riotous gathering at the same venue last week.

Coun Brian Key chaired Saturday’s meeting, at which over 100 local people endorsed the document to be submitted to Barnsley Council planners.

Residents and local councillors are joined by travellers who live on a permanent site in the village, in mass disapproval of the plan for a new ‘transient’ site off Doncaster Road.

Barnsley Council must provide 39 more traveller pitches between now and 2016 to satisfy government requirements, but people from Wombwell and Darfield claim the site is not appropriate on grounds of safety, environment and suitability of location.

Mr Key said: “It was a highly productive meeting. People aired their feelings strongly last week, and on Saturday were ready to move forward with objections, which will now be made well before the consultation closing date on September 28.”

A key group of residents met Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher on Friday, and gave feedback from the MP, who is in favour of retaining the land as the ‘green lung’ of Darfield.

Those present at Saturday’s meeting were also updated on the proposals regarding Longbow playing fields, that are under threat of being swallowed up by housing.

The fields are used by more than ten sports teams at weekends. Users complained that at a time when the Olympics have raised the profile of all sports, sporting venues should be safeguarded more than ever.

They were assured the fields would be cut and tended to, for use this year