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Traveller camp plans submitted for former water station site
PLANS to build a travellers’ encampment on the site of where the world’s tallest water tower once stood have been submitted to the council.
One family is looking to site seven caravans (six trailers and one static) on Waterworks Drive in Newton-le-Willows.
The applicant, Brian Jenkins, intends to move on to the site along with his family.
A council document detailing the proposed development, states that Mr Jenkins has many connections within the travelling community and has spent 25 years in and around the borough.
It goes on to say they travel widely and anticipate spending around six months on the road.
If passed, the camp will be on the site of the former Newton Waterworks, where a tower once stood at 117ft tall.
Built in 1904, it measured 72 feet in diameter and had a small central turret. It was demolished in 1977, when it was no longer in use.
The council is bound by the Planning Policy for Traveller Sites, ensuring that special consideration is paid towards considering suitable locations.
The plans state the applicant believes redeveloping the site would make a “positive contribution towards the recycling of derelict land within the borough”.
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