Gipsies set up camp near Newport’s Transporter Bridge

Gipsies set up camp near Newport’s Transporter Bridge

Gipsies set up camp near Newport’s Transporter Bridge

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GIPSIES have set up camp near Newport’s Transporter Bridge.

Four caravans have been sited on Stephenson Street, near Corporation Park, since at least Thursday.

Newport council said it was aware of the illegal encampment and was investigating.

A spokeswoman for Newport council said: "Encampments such as this demonstrate why Newport needs official Gipsy and traveller sites.

“A well-managed transit site, where the temporary residents will pay for services and can stay for a specified period, will help the council tackle the continuing problem of illegal camps.

“The council is also seeking to establish a residential site for a small number of families who are longer term residents of Newport and have strong links to the city. They will also pay for services as well as council tax in the same way as other residents."

In 2009 a family lived near the Transporter Bridge illegally for nearly a year before they were moved to a "tolerated" site on Esperanto Way where they remain.

The city currently has no designated Gipsy and traveller sites and plans are currently being drawn up for potential sites in Ringland, Marshfield and Allt-yr-yn.

A preferred site for a permanent camp at the former road safety centre on Hartridge Farm Road has been identified along with a preferred transit site in a yard off the A449.

Smaller residential sites on the former Ringland allotments and Brickyard Lane in Allt-yr-yn have been identified as being suitable if the need arose in future, while land on Celtic Way, Marshfield, was chosen as an alternative transit site if the preferred option could not be developed.

The areas were chosen from a shortlist of 11 taking into account of 7,100 responses from the public.

There is an immediate need for 17 residential and seven transit pitches but a recent Welsh Government survey found 59 caravans sited in the city - 38 of which were in unauthorised areas.

The council must earmark such sites as part of its Local Development Plan (LDP). Full council will make a decision on whether to replace five existing sites in the plan with the newly chosen areas early next year.

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10:52am Sat 27 Oct 12

Leigh. says...

Move them all on, why when Newport is already run bad by the council, police are scared to act on everything and newport has no jobs for people who want to work, so many people fiddling the system and my tax is paying for them to do so now we have to then put up with Gipsies.....
If they paid tax, water rates, council tax electricity gas etc etc maybe they could stay, but all they do is cost the tax payer more money. Does no one have the guts to stand up to them on the council??
Move them all on, why when Newport is already run bad by the council, police are scared to act on everything and newport has no jobs for people who want to work, so many people fiddling the system and my tax is paying for them to do so now we have to then put up with Gipsies..... If they paid tax, water rates, council tax electricity gas etc etc maybe they could stay, but all they do is cost the tax payer more money. Does no one have the guts to stand up to them on the council?? Leigh.
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11:28am Sat 27 Oct 12

Bobevans says...

Gypsies seem to be allowed to break the law with impunity. Just from the photograph you can see several offences are being committed
Gypsies seem to be allowed to break the law with impunity. Just from the photograph you can see several offences are being committed Bobevans
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3:40pm Sat 27 Oct 12

Magor says...

"pay for services" dont be stupid,they wont pay to use a site.Any paying sites wont get used.They only come to Newport for a free living.If your house had wheels on,would you move it to Newport?
"pay for services" dont be stupid,they wont pay to use a site.Any paying sites wont get used.They only come to Newport for a free living.If your house had wheels on,would you move it to Newport? Magor
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3:42pm Sat 27 Oct 12

macbumble says...

I can't see it will make any difference with a proper camp the travellers will still stop anywhere. Suddenly Flat Holm springs to mind put on there.
I can't see it will make any difference with a proper camp the travellers will still stop anywhere. Suddenly Flat Holm springs to mind put on there. macbumble
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4:42pm Sat 27 Oct 12

youngashie says...

macbumble wrote:
I can't see it will make any difference with a proper camp the travellers will still stop anywhere. Suddenly Flat Holm springs to mind put on there.
And what has Flat Holm done to you that makes you want to despoil such a beautiful place.? I very much doubt that you have ever been there?.
[quote][p][bold]macbumble[/bold] wrote: I can't see it will make any difference with a proper camp the travellers will still stop anywhere. Suddenly Flat Holm springs to mind put on there.[/p][/quote]And what has Flat Holm done to you that makes you want to despoil such a beautiful place.? I very much doubt that you have ever been there?. youngashie
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5:02pm Sat 27 Oct 12

cwmbran man says...

They will continue to walk all over residents, police and local authorities, due to the human rights act and successive governments pandering to political correctness, this country is an unworkable shambles where good citizens are punished with the bills of lowlifes.
They will continue to walk all over residents, police and local authorities, due to the human rights act and successive governments pandering to political correctness, this country is an unworkable shambles where good citizens are punished with the bills of lowlifes. cwmbran man
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5:40pm Sat 27 Oct 12

ccc49 says...

I expect they will respect the area and leave it as they found it - eventually. But not after the council supply them with electricity, water, toilet facilities and an army of workers to clean up after they have gone. Perhaps I am doing them an injustice, we'll see
I expect they will respect the area and leave it as they found it - eventually. But not after the council supply them with electricity, water, toilet facilities and an army of workers to clean up after they have gone. Perhaps I am doing them an injustice, we'll see ccc49
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1:20am Sun 28 Oct 12

smokintheweed says...

Everything will be cool. Everything all spick and span like.
Everything will be cool. Everything all spick and span like. smokintheweed
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10:46am Sun 28 Oct 12

Howie' says...

I guess Newport needs an official transit site for them sooner rather than later.
I guess Newport needs an official transit site for them sooner rather than later. Howie'
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11:39am Sun 28 Oct 12

Llanmartinangel says...

Howie' wrote:
I guess Newport needs an official transit site for them sooner rather than later.
Reward them for breaking the law at the cost to the rest of us. Like it. Question Howie: if I broke into someone's house for a bed for the night each time I was in a different town, would society provide me with a free hotel room? Thought not.
[quote][p][bold]Howie'[/bold] wrote: I guess Newport needs an official transit site for them sooner rather than later.[/p][/quote]Reward them for breaking the law at the cost to the rest of us. Like it. Question Howie: if I broke into someone's house for a bed for the night each time I was in a different town, would society provide me with a free hotel room? Thought not. Llanmartinangel
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1:56pm Sun 28 Oct 12

Radio Wales says...

Here we go again... Platitudes galore from 'The Council' They still haven't answered the question why all the suitable sites suddenly changed with the colour of the council. Suitable for whom? I wonder.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I always thought Celtic Way was in Coedkernew near Duffryn, not in Marshfield - Not trying to mislead I hope? Don't they know there's an arsenal quite near there?
Here we go again... Platitudes galore from 'The Council' They still haven't answered the question why all the suitable sites suddenly changed with the colour of the council. Suitable for whom? I wonder. Maybe I'm wrong, but I always thought Celtic Way was in Coedkernew near Duffryn, not in Marshfield - Not trying to mislead I hope? Don't they know there's an arsenal quite near there? Radio Wales
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2:59pm Sun 28 Oct 12

Sunelectric says...

Radio Wales wrote:
Here we go again... Platitudes galore from 'The Council' They still haven't answered the question why all the suitable sites suddenly changed with the colour of the council. Suitable for whom? I wonder.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I always thought Celtic Way was in Coedkernew near Duffryn, not in Marshfield - Not trying to mislead I hope? Don't they know there's an arsenal quite near there?
Celtic Way is in Coedkernew village which is within the parish of Marshfield (as is Marshfield village).
[quote][p][bold]Radio Wales[/bold] wrote: Here we go again... Platitudes galore from 'The Council' They still haven't answered the question why all the suitable sites suddenly changed with the colour of the council. Suitable for whom? I wonder. Maybe I'm wrong, but I always thought Celtic Way was in Coedkernew near Duffryn, not in Marshfield - Not trying to mislead I hope? Don't they know there's an arsenal quite near there?[/p][/quote]Celtic Way is in Coedkernew village which is within the parish of Marshfield (as is Marshfield village). Sunelectric
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7:20am Mon 29 Oct 12

Hevsym says...

Why do they want a site when they are 'travelling gypsies? Isn't the thing about Gypsies that they don't like staying in the same place?
Why do they want a site when they are 'travelling gypsies? Isn't the thing about Gypsies that they don't like staying in the same place? Hevsym
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9:01am Tue 30 Oct 12

TheSheriff says...

Travellers can be moved far quicker in England as The Welsh Assembly have created a loophole for gypsies where common law doesn't apply
Travellers can be moved far quicker in England as The Welsh Assembly have created a loophole for gypsies where common law doesn't apply TheSheriff
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