Gypsies and Travellers - Gamma Newsletter - 30th Nov 2017

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Mid Devon needs 35 permanent gypsy and traveller pitches by 2034

The need for 35 permanent gypsy and traveller pitches in Mid Devon until 2034 has been discussed by councillors. Discussions have also taken place over the need for 34 “bricks and mortar” dwelling houses, with no additional need for transit pitches being needed across the district. Mid Devon’s current assessment of the need for gypsy and traveller accommodation (GTAA) identified an annualised need of three pitched per year until 2019, falling back to 1.2 per year afterwards. This frontloads the need, although the average yearly need over a five year plan period is 1.8 pitches.
16th Nov 2017 - Devon Live

Expansion of Fordwich travellers' camp gets the go-ahead

Gypsies have won a landmark battle to expand a caravan camp after a planning inspector ruled Canterbury City Council has failed to identify enough travellers’ sites in the district. The authority had rejected an application for eight more caravans at Moate Farm off Stodmarsh Road in Fordwich. But the inspector has now overruled the decision and granted permission, blaming the council’s lack of traveller provision as the main reason. Inspector Richard Clegg said there was a “clear, existing need” for gypsy and traveller sites in the district, which was not currently being met by the council or earmarked in its Local Plan
12th Nov 2017 - Kent Online

Travellers move south due to austerity, police find

Travellers and gypsies from the north of England are heading south in search of more affluent neighbourhoods, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal. A police investigation into what caused 100 travellers to go on the rampage forcing a Norfolk seaside town into lockdown this summer found that “economic deprivation” and austerity policies were encouraging travellers to move in search of work. Nearly 40 crimes, including rape, shoplifting, theft and threatening behaviour were reported to Norfolk Police over an August weekend in Cromer when 23 motor homes parked up illegally at the end of the town’s carnival. Police failed to make a single arrest over the two days
28th Oct 2017 - Telegraph.co.uk

Gypsies and Travellers will be made to pay rates and bills

Gypsies and Travellers who take up pitches at new council-run sites will be forced to pay rates and utility bills, according to officers. Anglesey Council’s housing department say that plans for a permanent four pitch site for ‘new age Travellers’ at Penhesgyn near Menai Bridge, should be submitted for planning approval within the next month. Similar plans are also in the pipeline for a temporary four pitch stopping site for Romany Gypsies near the A55 at Star.
16th Oct 2017 - Daily Post North Wales

Concerns raised over Star Gypsy and traveller site plan

More than 50 people have attended a public meeting on Anglesey to voice concerns over a proposed Gypsy and traveller site. Land has been earmarked for a temporary stopping place in Star and a permanent residential site near Penhesgyn. Residents at ...and more »
26th Sep 2017 - BBC News