Church of England should make land available for gypsies and travellers, General Synod votes

The Church of England should make land available for gypsies and travellers, the General Synod has voted, despite concerns that they bring “a lot of upset and fear”.

Members overwhelmingly supported a motion calling on the Church to donate land from its notoriously large portfolio to the traveller community, just five months after Government ministers revealed they were considering making trespass a criminal offence to stop them moving onto private land.

One member of the Synod yesterday voiced concern over the motion, saying travellers that had recently moved into her local church car park left behind smashed glass and human excrement.

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