THE number of pitches required to meet the needs of Pemrokeshire’s Gypsy traveller community is lower than in recent year a recent survey shows.

Cabinet endorsed a Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment 2019 at its meeting on Monday (October 7) which will be sent to Welsh Government.

A survey was carried out with 188 households identified on local authority sites, private sites and in housing with 118 completed responses.

New cabinet member for planning Cllr Jon Harvey presented the review report, adding it had been carried out early to inform the Local Development Plan currently being prepared.

In total 14 pitches were required over the next five years, a reduction from 32 pitches in the 2015 survey and a 2013 survey which identified a need for 49
pitches by the end of 2018.

Cllr Michelle Bateman, new cabinet member for housing, added that the survey had highlighted wider issues including the need for more maintenance of sites and overcrowding at some sites.

This will be addressed added Cllr Bateman, and she highlighted recent improvements such as new amenity blocks at the Under the Hills site in Haverfordwest, following successful Welsh Government funding bids.

 

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