A public meeting to discuss proposals for three travellers’ camps was abandoned after 400 residents turned up.
On grounds of..?
Yeah, you guessed it:
So many people from Leicester’s Abbey and Beaumont Leys wards arrived at the meeting venue that it was deemed a health and safety risk to let it go ahead.
The hall was designed for a quarter of the occupancy, and selected because, well, who expects people to turn up in such numbers? Who wouldn’t be just delighted to have a traveller camp fire hazard next to them?
Councillors were forced to abandon the meeting, at the Tudor Centre, in Bewcastle Grove, Mowmacre Hill, after the residents tried to pack into a hall designed for 80 people.Police were asked to attend Tuesday night’s meeting. Officers stopped many residents from entering the building once it had become dangerously overfilled.
Do police normally attend these sorts of meetings? If not, it rather sounds as though the council knew there was likely to be a big turnout, so why not switch venue?
Councillors are looking for a new venue to accommodate more people and will release details of the meeting in the Leicester Mercury soon.
I wonder how many will turn up this time?
Paul Mayer, 50, who lives near the Redhill site, said: “I want to know whether these sites are going to go ahead regardless of the meetings. I get the impression that they’re just humouring the residents and they’ve already made up their minds – it’s a done deal.”
Which is denied by one of the councillors. I would use the term ‘refuted’, but since I’ve got a dictionary, I can’t:
Responding to the concerns, Coun Byrne said: “It’s not a done deal, we’ve been told by the Government that we’ve got to have these sitesin Leicester, so this is what’s been proposed.”It’s being consulted on at the minute with residents and the three sites are not official – no decision will be made until the end of the consultation.”
So, basically, it IS a done deal, and all that’s left to quibble over is where they are going to go? Thanks for, ummm, clearing that up…
The consultation has been extended by two weeks and will now run until Friday, April 13.
A very auspicious date, I’m sure.