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Tories attack travellers

Issue No. 2217

Planning rules that require local councils to make land provisions for traveller communities are to be revoked by the Tory government.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles said he also plans to give town halls more powers to close traveller sites.

In May, the government scrapped this year’s £30 million gypsy and traveller programme, which provided grants for sites.

A high court ruling means that travellers at Hovefields and Dale Farm in Essex will not be evicted before 20 September.

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Tue 31 Aug 2010, 16:50 BST
Issue No. 2217
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