Funding boost for new travellers sites

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MORE than £2 million government funding has been allocated to create new travellers sites across South Yorkshire.

The money will provide 10 pitches in Barnsley and 16 in Doncaster.

Barnsley Council has been awarded £800,000 for the sites, while Doncaster Council will receive £1.44 million.

The cash boost was announced by communities minister Andrew Stunell as part of a £47 million package to deliver more than 750 new and improved pitches around the country.

Mr Stunell said the new support for official pitches accompanies a clampdown on illegal sites.

The Government is introducing stronger powers for councils to tackle unauthorised developments.

Mr Stunell said: “This funding will assist hundreds of traveller families find sites where they want to live and foster better relations with the existing communities and councils.

“We have brought back fairness to communities and are putting travellers and the settled population on a level playing field.”

He added councils will get ‘powerful financial benefits’ for building legal sites where they are needed.