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Council looks for land options in Carrick to rehome travellers

 27 June 2016  |  


South Ayrshire Council is looking for a piece of land in the Carrick area to potentially become the new home for residents displaced from the Houdston travellers' site in Girvan.

The families had to be moved following the devastation caused by Storm Frank in December 2015 which led to unprecedented levels of flooding. Since then, the residents and their caravans have been staying at a supported temporary site at Old Troweir Road in Girvan until all options for their long term wellbeing and safety can be considered.

To assist with this exercise, the Council is seeking interest from landowners who may be able to provide a safe and secure piece of land.

To accommodate all the families the Council is looking for approximately 1.5 acres (6,000 square metres) of land which must be located in the Carrick area, preferably close to Girvan so that the residents can continue to be part of that community.

In order to be classed as a suitable site, the area of land should have the following:
-Easy access to local services and to social contact with other residents in the community
-A safe environment for the residents i.e. not situated near refuse sites industrial processes or other hazardous places
-Have easy access to GP and other health services
-Be near to major roads, a bus route, shops and schools
-Be located in an area with a low probability of flooding
-Not be a location inappropriate for ordinary residential dwellings
-Where possible, be near to housing for the settled community.

David Burns, Head of Housing and Facilities said "We did all we could to help those living at the Houdston site last December but the rain levels were unprecedented and despite flood barriers, drainage pumps and water containment measures, the site could not cope and the families had to move for safety reasons.

"Living at a temporary site is not an ideal situation and we have been working with those affected by the flood to bring as much stability to their lives as possible but a long term solution needs to be found.

"I would encourage anyone that has land that we could potentially consider to get in touch."

If you have a piece of land which you feel may be suitable please contact John.McCallum@south-ayrshire.gov.uk by the 12th July 2016. John can also be reached on 0300 123 0900.

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