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PUBLISHED: 08:47 28 December 2009 | UPDATED: 16:13 11 May 2010

Villagers vowed to oppose plans for gipsy and traveller sites in South Cambridgeshire. A list of potential sites for new plots in the district was announced, and it included land at Spring Lane, Bassingbourn, and Old North Road, Whaddon. South Cambridgesh

Villagers vowed to oppose plans for gipsy and traveller sites in South Cambridgeshire.

A list of potential sites for new plots in the district was announced, and it included land at Spring Lane, Bassingbourn, and Old North Road, Whaddon.

South Cambridgeshire is obliged to build an additional 88 pitches by 2021 under the East of England plan, but Cllr Jack White, of Bassingbourn parish council, said the Spring Lane plot was not suitable.

He said: "The site is at the end of a country lane and I don't think it is a suitable place for those pitches.

"We have travellers at an exisiting site near Bassingbourn who are valuable members of the community, but when you try and put people somewhere they don't want to be that's when you get problems."

Concerned villagers formed an action group to oppose the plans.

In other news...

- A mountain of rubbish bags led to a play group being plagued by rats. The vermin were spotted in Jepps Lane, near the entrance to the Papillon play group. North Herts district council refuse officers had to come and remove the heap of black bags.

- Formula One cars being tested at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford led to the museums neighbours complaining about noise. The Renault team held several sessions throughout the summer.

- A world exclusive showing of a new BMW motorbike marked the Royston and district Motorcycle club's annual show. Hundreds of bikers descended on Meldreth Manor School for the annual event.


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