Business bosses hit out over travellers site plan.
FURIOUS business owners have joined the fight against plans for a controversial travellers site next to the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre.
They have teamed up with protest group Fosse Way RAID (Residents Against Inappropriate Development) to sign a petition opposing potential plans to build 15 permanent pitches at land next to the centre on the Fosse Way near Leamington.
Business leaders have signed the petition to say that they will be severely impacted and claim the travellers site could lead to the closure of the Exhibition Centre, resulting in the loss of up to 80 jobs, and also have a knock-on impact for the local economy to the tune of more than PS2million a year.
Fosse Way RAID also claims that the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre has lost bookings for events since the plans were announced.
Council officers have drawn up a shortlist of sites following consultation on 20 possible locations, during which 24 further options were proposed by members of the public.
And residents are angry that despite nearly 1,000 objections to the original plans for a site next to the Exhibition Centre, it is still listed as an 'alternative' site.
David Craven, a spokesman for Fosse Way RAID, said: "There is no adequate explanation as to why the Exhibition Centre is on the traveller site shortlist when residents have roundly rejected the plan as unworkable.
"There are countless sites in the area which will not necessitate the closure of a unique local business, the negative impact to the economy and the resultant cost for local tax payers.
"In May 2012, Warwick District Council rejected development in the area, commenting: 'This area is not adjacent to the existing built-up area and would not be considered to be a suitable location for development in terms of access to schools, services, shops, and employment.'"."