Cash boost to tackle rogue developments on Greenbelt land


Tatton MP Esther McVey has announced that nearly £100,000 will be handed to Cheshire East and Cheshire West to help in the fight against rogue developments on Greenbelt – including traveller settlements and illegal car parks.

In her role as Housing Minister she said 37 areas will share £2 million to ensure the greenbelt remains untouched and protected. Cheshire East will be given £50,000 and Cheshire West and Chester £49,946. The money can be spent as they see fit to tackle individual problems in the area but the Government has suggested it could be used to hire more enforcement officers.

Ms McVey said: "We have a great team which works across both councils to tackle any problems caused by travellers and ensure they are moved on quickly. Across both council areas there are dedicated traveller sites which provide amenities so there is no excuse for illegal encampments. It is not acceptable that people have others pitch up on their land illegally and are left footing a bill for clear up costs.

"I am sure this extra money will help the teams working across the area to protect our greenbelt and I will be speaking with the councils to find out how they will be putting the money to best use."



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Keith Chapman
Sunday 15th September 2019 at 2:15 pm
An excellent initiative. Well done Esther!
John Harries
Monday 16th September 2019 at 5:55 pm
By far the biggest threat to the greenbelt are our central policy makers and more local planners. Travellers for sure are a damn nuisance but sensible precautions (at some cost) and a pro-active approach to prevention/shared intelligence would cut down on the number of incidents and inconvenience/distress that is caused; each time we hear of an encroachment it's always a reactionary response - harm done, costs incurred.
Once we are beyond the jurisdiction of the EU it will be possible to prevent the unbridalled misuse/abuse of the current liberal laws that give these itinerate minorities so much behavioral leeway over the bulk of the taxpaying, law abiding general public.
The traveller community we suffer today bears no resemblance to the quaint and eccentric friendly folk of a bygone era - they consist mainly of chancers, dodgers and rogues, offering little and contributing little more than nothing to our economy and wellbeing
....and my apologies in advance to any traveller families that do not fit the aforesaid description.
Julie Green
Monday 16th September 2019 at 7:00 pm
So that's reduced donations to her party from the big developers then?
Alan Brough
Tuesday 17th September 2019 at 3:11 pm
Something doesn't add up here.

We had a problem earlier in the year with a few Travellers settling up camp at Wilmslow Leisure Centre and then subsequently The Park in Alderley Edge. However, they were moved on pretty quickly under powers that already exist.

Why spend £2m across 37 areas to protect access to Greenbelt Land? The land is already protected and the landowners already have a mechanism by which to deal with encroachment - a mechanism that we (the taxpayer) are already funding.
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 17th September 2019 at 4:44 pm
Well done Dominic Raab, actually...….
Marcia McGrail
Thursday 19th September 2019 at 10:12 am
I have to agree with John Harris that although non-tax paying itinerrant travellers can be anti-social and percentage ratio higher in the crime figures, the main threats to greenbelt are the corrupt greed and blind ignorance of planners, policy makers and developers having their unbridled snouts in a very lucrative trough. The general apathy of the rest of society to the gradual rape of valuable community assests is appalling.