Council to pay £162k towards transit site

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Crawley Borough Council will be putting £162,500 towards the cost of building a transit site for gypsy and traveller communities for West Sussex.

All councils in West Sussex are being asked pay an equal share of the £1.3m cost of building the site in the Chichester district. If a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency is successful the cost per authority will go down to £95,000.

Once complete West Sussex County Council will be responsible for running it. Each authority is asked to pay £10-15,000 a year towards the running costs.

In the past five years there have been 25 unauthorised emcampments in the borough, including on playing fields.

At last Wednesday’s cabinet meeting Cllr Duncan Crow, cabinet member for leisure and cultural services asked the cabinet to approve the funding.

He said: “Police will not only have the power, they will be more willing to move encampments on. There’s evidence that travellers are less likely to go to (unauthorised) areas anyway because they are more likely to be moved onto the transit site.”