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Protest planned against temporary travellers’ site in Bideford

PUBLISHED: 11:20 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 11 October 2017

The proposed temporary travellers' site in Bideford.

The proposed temporary travellers' site in Bideford.

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A peaceful protest is being planned in Bideford against plans for a temporary travellers’ site in the town.

A peaceful protest is being organised in Bideford tomorrow (Thursday) after plans for a temporary travellers’ site were announced.

Torridge District Council (TDC) decided last month that Bank End car park would become a temporary travellers’ site until a permanent site is found.

But residents unhappy with this decision will be marching on Riverbank House at 3pm tomorrow to protest this.

It is understood protesters have asked council officers to be present to answer any questions.

Last month, the Gazette spoke to Robert Hunter, who owns the Barge Cafe, and is unhappy about the plans for the site next door.

He said: “It seems ridiculous for a council to bring an obvious repellent to residents and visitors right into the heart of Bideford.”

Residents and town councillors were also annoyed there had been ‘no consultation’ on the plans.

Campaigners have printed more than 500 leaflets which have been distributed ahead of the protest and are inviting people to join them.

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