You couldn’t make it up – really you couldn’t. What a very short memory Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner possesses?
The man who has had his tenure extended for a further year due to the postponement of this month’s PCC election is now calling for more traveller sites!
WWeb thinks the man doth protest too much. Twas he of the two-faced variety that persistently resisted any gypsy sites becoming established on land near Dunsfold airfield when he was a Tory councillor at ‘Your Waverley.’
Research by the WW reveals this protracted planning saga concerned private land bought by an elderly Romany named Lydia. The battle between the gypsies and ‘Your Waverley’ spanned a decade and appeals went through five public inquiries – costing many hundreds of thousands of pounds. It was finally consented by a Government Inspector, as he argued the council had not provided its share of traveller sites in its area.
‘Your Waverley’ under its former Tory administration then extended the New Acres transit site in Stovolds Hill by another 37 pitches. The planners have recently allowed another site to become established near Lydia Park in Stovolds Hill. So there are now four sites within spitting distance of Dunsfold’s proposed new Government-backed Garden Village.
Mr Munro who was adamantly opposed to gypsy sites in Waverley during his term at Waverley and then again at Surrey County Council now does a complete volte-face and says he wants temporary sites set up in Surrey – as a “matter of urgency.” He says the Government – should take on greater responsibility by compelling local authorities to provide sites.” Really, Mr Munro – really?
Here is an article from the Guildford Dragon.