In its latest consultation the Government Office of the East of England is trying to have even more provision for gypsies and travellers in areas where there is officially hardly any calculated need.
So, in North Herts, where calculated need is 1 extra pitch, 21 extra pitches are proposed and in East Herts, where calculated need is 3 extra, 27 more are put forward.
All the common sense arguments have been unsuccessful. So, the proposal is to put traveller provision where it is not needed and where there is no or no substantial traveller tradition. I believe that this policy will encourage new entrants to the traveller lifestyle, rather than helping existing travellers.
There are 12 weeks to respond to this consultation. See their website for details.