Proposals to build an official traveller camp under the M6 motorway have been shelved because it would not get planning permission.
City Council environmental health bosses earmarked the recycling depot on the edge of the Bromford Estate as a suitable place to send up to 60 caravans at short notice.
But the council already has two smaller official sites earmarked in Nechells - on car parks in Aston Brook Street East and Rupert Street - and planning officials say these have to be introduced first before bringing forward new sites.
Hodge Hill councillor Majid Mahmood, who raised in a petition of Bromford residents against the plan, welcomed the shelving of the scheme and called for it to be cancelled altogether.
“We said this was not a suitable site for a traveller camp. I’m delighted the planning department agrees. The sites in Nechells are much more suitable.
“They should now drop the idea altogether and look at putting an all weather sports pitch or leisure facility for the community there instead.”
The environmental health and housing departments will now work on getting the Nechells sites set up, as well as bringing back part of Birmingham’s other traveller camp at Tameside Drive on Castle Vale.
The problem is the two Nechells sites can only fit 19 caravans at a time between them as they were put forward in 2014 when traveller incursions were at a low. Since then traveller camps have reached epidemic proportions in the city with often more than 30 caravans often found in parks.
More sites are needed as it is easier to evict and secure injunctions against illegal or unauthorised camps in parks and public land if the city has official pitches available.
Officials will next need to consider if Birmingham does still need a further official site - but admitted where ever they look will be controversial.
Head of environmental health Mark Croxford said that the council has a legal duty to provide suitable sites for the Gypsy, Romany and Traveller community. “It’s a difficult decision to decide where those sites should be,” he added.
Licensing committee member Ian Cruise (Ind, Longbridge) agreed. “How are we going to overcome the nimbyism by residents and elected councillors,” he asked.
In a wide ranging discussion the licensing committee also heard:
• That a High Court Sheriff issuing an eviction order for the council was assaulted in August.
• Injuctions are now in place on several parks including Perry Park, Selly Oak Park, Selly Park Recreation Ground and Hazelwell Park
• Several prosecutions have been secured and vehicles seized from travellers for fly-tipping
• The committee has urged closer working with children’s social workers to ensure travellers’ children are safe from exploitation and attend school regularly
• That work is ongoing to bring the mothballed site at Castle Vale back into regular use - with part set aside as a permanent home for the family who have living there for decades, and the other part as a transit camp for up to ten caravans.