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Drop-in session debating traveller transit site plans cancelled

By Thomas Parkes | Whitmore Reans | News | Published:

A drop-in session discussing a proposed £1 million traveller transit site in Wolverhampton has been cancelled over capacity issues.

A council-organised consultation meeting over the proposed traveller transit site was held on Monday night

Gatis Community Space, on Gatis Street, was due to hold an event organised independently by ward councillors on October 16 over the Gorsebrook Road plans.

But now the centre has pulled out after realising it could not cope with the large interest from residents in the area.

A statement from the group said: "In light of the recent meeting, we don't think that we are best suited as a venue to facilitate these events.

"We are aware that large numbers of people wish to voice their opinions on this matter, unfortunately we do not have the capacity or the facilities to allow that.

"Gatis Community Space wishes to remain as a safe and welcoming space for all of our community whilst allowing local residents to express their opinions."

It comes after Wolverhampton Council held a consultation meeting on Monday night at Wolverhampton Racecourse.

Wolverhampton Council chiefs say Gorsebrook Road in Whitmore Reans is the only "suitable" site for travellers, after it was chosen from a long list.

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But angry residents voiced their concerns over falling house prices, anti-social behaviour, a loss of trees, and the impact on the area.

Neighbours said they were left with more questions than answers after the meeting, which was extended half-an-hour and bugged by technical issues.

Any information to do with further events will be shared by the Gatis Community Space, the statement added.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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