HOW gypsy and traveller sites will impact a community and fears about crime are some of the issues set to be discussed next week.

Denbighshire County Council launched a consultation for one transit site and a separate residential site, located on the Green-gates Farm East site in St Asaph, in October 2018. The proposed residential site is to have up to six pitches and the proposed transit site will have five pitches.

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Concerned resident Leanne Groves said if the plans are given the go-ahead, it will impact her family “ dramatically”. Leanne’s property will be surrounded by the proposed sites. Picture: Geoff Abbott

As part of a consultation, 774 formal responses were received and 4,526 issues categorised.

Members of Denbighshire’s scrutiny committee will meet on Thursday, March 14 at County Hall, Ruthin to discuss the feedback.

A spokesperson from Denbighshire County Council said: “It was agreed to arrange a pre-planning consultation prior to any formal planning application being submitted and the consultation included a public drop-in session, as well as an online consultation.”

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The petition is handed over

Other issues raised include how the gypsy and traveller sites will impact businesses, the environment, the cost of the developments, the rural setting, concern about safety, the proximity of the two proposed site, health, the suitability of Cwttir Lane for increased traffic and the democratic process for making the decision.

A public meeting, which attracted hundreds of residents, was held at Glan Clwyd School in November.

A 4,085 name petition was handed over to Denbighshire Council by cllr Peter Scott, chair of the council, cllr Colin Hardie, mayor of St Asaph, business representatives and residents.

A report to Cabinet is expected to be presented on March 26.