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Road will remain open as vehicle dwellers leave Muller Road site

Road will remain open as vehicle dwellers leave Muller Road site

A section of Muller Road will not be closed after vehicle dwellers moved off land that is due to be developed for social housing.

24 August 2021

Following successful negotiations between the vehicle dwellers and members of the council’s Gypsy, Roma, Traveller team, everyone moved off the site, preventing action that could have led to traffic chaos in the area.
 
The council was due to start building 32 council homes on the site in June for families on the housing waiting list. This has already been delayed due to the occupation of the land, and work is now due to start in September.
 
The group occupying the site were offered use of a site in Lawrence Weston and a site in Hengrove, but they but they declined these as they felt they did not meet their needs. They have now made their own individual arrangements and moved on.

Councillor Tom Renhard, Cabinet Member for Housing Delivery and Homes said: “I am glad we were able to come to a peaceful resolution in this situation. Legal action is always a last resort, and we like to work closely with all areas of our community to avoid any conflict wherever we can.

“We have kept up constant communication with the group and offered the vehicle dwellers opportunities to move on to alternative sites. We are very pleased that they have now moved on without eviction action being necessary, and I would like to thank the group for working with us.

“We needed to secure this site as soon as possible, as building affordable housing for Bristol is one of the council’s top priorities, and we do not want any further delays with this development to make homes being available for Bristol families.

“We appreciate that people living in vehicles do so for a variety of reasons and our focus remains working with vehicle dwellers and local communities to find solutions that are sustainable.”

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