Landowner offers lifeline to displaced families

PUBLISHED: 14:43 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 15 June 2010

A LANDOWNER has thrown a possible lifeline to seven travelling families, who are being displaced by development at a council depot.

A LANDOWNER has thrown a possible lifeline to seven travelling families, who are being displaced by development at a council depot.

The landowner from Whimple responded to a story in the Herald, telling Honiton town clerk Lyn Hargood that he may be able to accommodate the families’ needs.

She put the man directly in touch with Michael Devey, 60, and Robert Kefford, 55, who are members of the Showman’s Guild.

At a meeting of Honiton Town Council’s planning committee, Mrs Hargood outlined the progress.

She said a landowner had seen a story about the families’ plight in the Midweek Herald and had got in touch.

Councillors had been asked to try and come up with possible sites in the Honiton area, after Mr Devey and Mr Kefford wrote a letter appealing for their help. Councillors asked the Herald to boost efforts by publicising the appeal.

The showmen are looking for a five to seven acre site, which could be divided into at least 10 plots. Part of the site would be used for equipment storage and testing.

“While the group would like to reside together, we acknowledge that there may be difficulties in achieving this,” they wrote. “Our need to identify a site is quite pressing and, in these circumstances, a response during the next four weeks would be appreciated.”

The families have resided at a depot in Kennford for some years, but have to move because of building works.

If anybody is aware of a suitable site for the families, contact Mrs Hargood on (01404) 42957.

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