York Council Seek Funding For Osbaldwick Traveller's Site
7:33am 5th November 2013
A decision will be taken later whether York Council will borrow £340,000 to expand the Osbaldwick traveller's site.
Planning approval to add six extra pitches on to the site was approved last month at a total cost of £763,000. The rest of the money is coming from a government agency.
The council say that following planning permission being granted to City of York Council to improve and extend a Travellers’ site, Cabinet members will consider a request for approval for part funding for work.
City of York Council say that the Osbaldwick site, the smallest of York’s three Travellers’ sites, will incorporate six additional pitches, grazing land for horses and amenity space. The estimated total cost of the proposed works is £763,500 of which £423,500 is anticipated to be funded by a grant from the Housing and Communities Agency (part of Department for Communities Local Government) with the remainder funded from prudential borrowing.
The council is now requesting permission to source £340,000 from prudential borrowing, which would be repaid from additional rental income.
City of York Council say that the development of the site has progressed to the point where agreement in principle has been reached on the purchase of land subject to agreement for the funding. They add that architects have been appointed for the development and a scheme is being developed which meets with Government’s best practice standards and which aim to help tenants remain living independently for longer.
Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Care, said: “For Cabinet to allow us to secure funding will help us to meet at shortfall in pitches as well as improved facilities for this community which, in turn will support our ongoing site management.”
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