SIR, Having read your article and editorial in last week’s Pioneer, I decided to check the borough website for information concerning the proposed Traveller site.
Sadly, I could not find any specific information about the Rushton’s Yard proposal, but I did find the following paragraph:
“(The Cheshire Chief Executive Advisory Group on Gypsies and Travellers) recognises and accepts the rights of Gypsies and Travellers to live a nomadic way of life and recognises Gypsies and Irish Travellers as distinct racial groups. The CCEAG also accepts the need to balance the rights and responsibilities of both the settled community and the Travelling community.”
No doubt there will be debates concerning the suitability of this site or that site, and it would be good to have the council’s reasons for picking Rushton’s Yard.
Yet the principle of making room in the community for Travellers is surely a good one.
Rights and responsibilities do need to be balanced, and all of us (Travellers included) need to be good neighbours.
But we need to be generous towards people different from ourselves, and make sure ours is a welcoming community.
Having a Traveller site in the borough is much better than having no site at all.