Decision day for proposed Westhampnett travellers’ site

Westhampnett Depot
Westhampnett Depot

A TRAVELLERS’ site for Westhampnett could get final approval today (December 17).

Councillors stand ready to debate a controversial site for nine pitches that has sparked outrage from residents.

This morning, chairman of Westhampnett Parish Council Bob Holman and vice-chairman Bill Harding handed in a petition signed by 352 village residents opposed to the site, which would be situated at the current Westhampnett Depot.

The scheme is dependent on all district and borough councils in West Sussex agreeing to jointly fund the scheme – which is set to cost £1.3m and would open in early 2015.

Yesterday, Arun District Council’s cabinet recommended to contribute towards the running of the site.

The transit site would allow police to move on any illegal encampments in the county to the transit site, provided pitches were available.

Last week, at a public meeting in Westhampnett, chief executive of Chichester District Council Diane Shepherd told residents today was their opportunity to partake in the democratic process at the ‘open and transparent’ council meeting.

The parish council has tabled 25 questions today, all of which will be answered.

For updates on the decision keep checking the website and follow @cshimwell on Twitter.