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Man applies to let travellers live on his land
9:02am Friday 27th April 2012 in Hambleton news
AN ENFORCEMENT officer left shocked by mass evictions from the UK’s largest travellers’ site is inviting a traveller’s family from North Yorkshire to live on his land.
The 58-year-old, who wishes to remain anonymous but is from Northallerton, wants to sell or rent a plot to gypsies who could either live in their own caravan or use an existing caravan on the site.
The former Thirsk School student is planning to apply to Hambleton District Council to be allowed to use his one-acre smallholding near the town for residential use, saying the controversial eviction of travellers from a site in Essex last year had inspired him to come up with the idea and he wanted to see a “decent family” living there.
“I thought it would be good to provide a gypsy family genuinely in need of a fixed address so they can enjoy basic rights, as I have seen the accommodation need there is for gypsy families who have unfairly been tarred with the same brush,” he said.
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