On Thursday I attended Stockton Borough Council’s Cabinet meeting to hear them vote to recommend to full council that they should heed the overwhelming results of the consultation on future Gypsy and Traveller Sites and remove the initially suggested sites from any future plans.
They have also voted to ask council on Wednesday to write to the Secretary of State and the Borough's two MPs to seek support for putting forward the long awaited Local Plan without a conclusion on gypsy sites but with a promise to carry on working on that in the meantime. The local plan should, once agreed with the secretary of state, resolve many of the housing battles the borough has been engaged with and is therefore vital.
Having fought alongside residents, particularly in Thornaby, I am pleased that the council has listened. It's particularly good news that these six sites will be taken off the list permanently. I will also be calling for land on Eltham Crescent to be officially listed as recreational so that no-one can threaten it ever again.