by timhill on 17 March, 2010
You may have picked up in the local press that the Borough Council had applied for grant funding from the “Homes and Communities Agency” for amongst other things, the construction of two additional permanent pitches at the Kempston Hardwick Gypsy and Traveller site.
The Government had decided that the Council has to provide 46 permanent pitches for Gypsies and Travellers by 31st March 2011. The two additional pitches on this site assist in meeting that target.
Just to let you know that the grant application has been successful. The grant provides 100% funding for this provision, which means at least the Council Tax will not have to increase because of it. The terms of the acceptance of the funding state that work must be started on site by 31st March 2011. It is anticipated that work will start on site well before the end of 2010. However, the Council is currently reviewing the timescale for the 2 new pitches. There are a number of technical and legal issues the Council needs to consider. It will also consult the residents and your Ward Councillors on any play equipment that the Council might provide. Please let me know if you have any queries on this issue.Leave a comment