Not the past the present.Agreement on the present objective reality.
It's still irrelevant. Solutions do not require agreement. That's like saying "well I won't work with you to sort out this problem unless you admit that I'm right"
I asked you the question 'why wont it happen?'.Those were doable,reasonable suggestions so if there are other reasons besides prejudice then tell me what they are.I'm listening.
Because traveller sites are generally in rural areas, and rural areas are generally represented by land-owning, right-wing, Tory councils who are prejudiced (and also, it has to be said, who may very well have had negative experiences with travellers in the past).
But these problems arent insurmountable.When public awareness has been raised and work done on Travellers PR the public response to sites has been much more favourable because its mostly fear and ignorance at the root of the resistance,reflected and magnified by tabloid media.It doesnt need to be the big deal it is,we can find solutions but only if that reality is acknowledged and worked with.
It isn't necessarily fear and ignorance - it can also be experience and reality. It will, to an extent, depend on the people involved. By definition, those most likely to be involved in a process of engagement are also those who are willing to overcome the issues on both sides.