Villagers’ anger at reprieve for horse fair site

Travellers at the Seamer Horse Fair site.
Travellers at the Seamer Horse Fair site.

Villagers claim they are “at the mercy” of Scarborough Council after planners voted to keep the Seamer Horse Fair site for the next three years.

Despite winning the battle to prevent a gipsy camp being sited on the north of the B1261 permanently, residents were outraged when councillors didn’t opt for an annual review.

Council chiefs claim that since a specific site was provided there had been less impact on residents, with travellers now staying for six nights instead of more than 20.

But Seamer Parish Council have argued that the site flouts planning laws and has renewed calls for an alternative location to be found.

Chairman Harry Smith said: “It appears the council has just ignored legislation, having said that we should be pleased somewhat that it’s not a permanent site and it’s going to be reviewed in three years.

“We feel as though residents and businesses have suffered immensely through this site being developed. At the end of the day we are at the council’s mercy.

“We will be looking to monitor it as frequently as needed to try and get the best result for the parish but they must look at other sites.”

Calling for an annual review, Seamer ward councillor Roxanne Murphy told the planning committee that residents faced a “jail sentence with no parole”.

In the end, the planning committee voted for a three-year period.