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Committee report on Gypsy/Travellers halting sites referred to full council

15/01/13

Plans to develop short and long-term halting sites for Gypsy/Travellers in Aberdeen will be considered at a meeting of the full council.

A report on proposals to develop a temporary halting site at Granitehill Industrial Estate, Northfield, and a longer term development on the site of the Scotstown Road recycling centre, Bridge of Don, was due to be considered at today's [Tuesday 15 January] meeting of the Housing and Environment committee.

Convener Neil Cooney called for the report to be referred to full council on 6 March.

He said: "This is a sensitive issue that requires to be handled so. Therefore, it is only fair and right that the views of all councillors and their constituents are heard. This particularly applies to residents in the Northfield and Bridge of Don areas who might not have had representation on the Housing and Environment committee.

Councillor Cooney added: "Aberdeen City Council recognises Gypsy/Travellers as a marginalised, vulnerable group who historically have experienced discrimination and disadvantage, and so we seek to balance the needs of the Gypsy/Travellers with those of the local settled community and businesses.

"The size and number of unauthorised encampments in Aberdeen has grown significantly in recent years and the council has a duty to respond to this. The development of halting sites will not only increase provision but should also assist in the challenges being faced with unauthorised encampments."