Travellers allowed to settle in St Cyrus

Travellers at the North Esk Park in St Cyrus say their site remained dry during Storm Frank
Travellers at the North Esk Park in St Cyrus say their site remained dry during Storm Frank

Travellers at a site in St Cyrus have been allowed to settle at the park they built three years ago.

At the full Aberdeenshire Council meeting last Thursday, councillors were asked to consider a second bid for retrospective planning permission for North Esk Park.

The elected members voted 41-24 in favour of the site, which was built in September 2013. There was one no vote.

The main reason the planning permission was approved was due the lack of other halting sites for travellers in Kincardine and Mearns.

Prior to the meeting, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) concluded the site was on a flood plain. The matter will be referred to Scottish Government ministers due to the formal objection by SEPA.

William Docherty, owner of North Esk Park, said: “We are all thrilled following the decision of Aberdeenshire’s Full Council last Thursday. The investment into months of excellent work has provided residents with a step in the right direction to securing North Esk Park as their permanent home.

“I would like to thank the councillors who supported the proposals and the team of professionals who made this possible. We await the outcome of the Scottish Governments decision related to call-in.”

The planning permission was subject conditions, including the site having compensatory water storage, the provision of a flood emergency plan, the removal of a bund and landscaping to improve amenity of neighbours.