Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has collected 1,500 signatures in a petition following his public meeting about plans for a static traveller site in Horsdean, Patcham, on the South Downs National Park.
Around 500 residents turned up to object to Green plans for yet another traveller site in Brighton & Hove. The petition was handed out at the meeting and many residents took it upon themselves to make sure that their friends and neighbours, who could not make the meeting, had an opportunity to voice their objections. Mike has pledged to help residents fight during the official consultation for the site and when the Green Council submits its application to the South Downs National Park Authority.
Commenting, Mike said: “This petition clearly goes to show that there is significant public outrage at the Green administration steaming ahead with plans to destroy part of the National Park. This is after I met with angry residents just the other day in Portslade who have had to put up with travellers spoiling their Jubilee weekend. The Green Council didn’t help. I had to go up there by myself to speak to my constituents whose homes had been egged.”
He added: “To add insult to injury, the Greens want us to spend millions on this new site for caravans that don’t even move – for travellers that don’t actually travel. It doesn’t make sense to me. If we wanted to build a house on the National Park, we certainly wouldn’t be allowed. It seems one rule for some, another for those who actually pay council tax.”
Petition wording: We, the undersigned, object to Brighton & Hove City Council’s plans for a static Traveller site at Horsdean on the South Downs National Park in Patcham.