Travellers ordered to quit Padiham site

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AN illegal travellers’ site in Padiham must close and its residents move on after their appeal to stay was rejected.

The news came as a relief to residents and businesses who had organised a petition against the site on a former builder’s yard, behind Pendle Street.

The small group of travellers made an application to Burnley Council in February last year, but three caravans moved on to the site before the application was considered.

It was rejected, as was a second application for two caravans, but the applicant Martyn Ward appealed the decisions. Local councillors were told this week that the National Planning Inspectorate, based in Bristol, had rejected the appeal following a site visit in May.

The site is now screened by a black canvas sheet and the caravans must move on.

A resident said: “This has been going on for a few years now so we are relieved it has finally been settled.

“I wouldn’t say there was too much of a problem with noise, it was more the privacy and access issue.

“It is located in the middle of some very tight backyards and was totally unsuitable for somewhere to have caravans.”

Labour Padiham councillors Andy Tatchell and Frank Cant, who opposed the site, were pleased with the decision.

Coun. Tatchell said: “This site patently wasn’t suitable. It was in the middle of a residential area, and access was very limited. I am pleased the inspectorate has upheld the original decisions of Burnley Council’s planners.”