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Suprisingly Lewisham currently has no official sites for travellers - by way of comparison neighbouring Southwark has 38 pitches across four sites and Greenwich has 40 pitches. The last Lewisham site, in Thurston Road, was closed in 2009 to make way for the Lewisham Gateway development. Proposals for a site in Church Grove, Ladywell provoked a predictable backlash. The Council has promised that they will consult on potential sites before the end of 2013 - lets hope that when they do local communities can avoid an over-emotive response.
There are potential sites available for at least temporary use. For instance what about the derelict Besson Street site in New Cross. It's several years since the housing block there was demolished and the once promised health centre/library is plainly never going to happen. So rather than leave the site as a fenced off wasteland why not put it to good use?