Labour’s team in Thornaby has presented two petitions to Councillor Bob Cook, Leader of Stockton Borough Council in response to a consultation on potential Gypsy and Traveller sites in the town.
Louise Baldock, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Stockton South, Councillor Derrick Brown representing Stainsby Hill and Councillor Tracey Stott representing Mandale and Victoria ward have given Cllr Cook a petition containing around 300 names they have gathered in the local area opposing any proposals for a gypsy and traveller site on a small green field on Eltham Crescent used by local children for recreation and a second site behind Thornaby Baths in a field earmarked for a future community garden.
They have also handed in a petition of over 500 names that has been collected by residents. Mike Russell who walks his dog on the field behind Thornaby baths every day, and has seen deer and foxes there, feels sufficiently strongly about keeping it for the community that he has been working with friends and neighbours to collect the names door to door.
Les Hodge, chair of Stainsby Beck Residents Association also took the opportunity to deliver around 30 formal responses that he has been helping local residents to put together since the consultation began.
Louise told Cllr Cook “The people of Thornaby are united in wanting to keep these two fields for their own use. The whole community has come together in an unprecedented way to ask the council to remove them from any future plans for Gypsy and Travellers. We look forward very hopefully to hearing good news when the consultation has concluded.”
*The consultation concludes on 17th March. It can be found here www.stockton.gov.uk/gypsytravellerconsultation
Photo: March 13th 2014, Municipal Buildings, Stockton on Tees
L-R Les Hodge, Louise Baldock, Cllr Bob Cook, Cllr Derrick Brown, Cllr Tracey Stott