Our co-operation policy for Travellers
Updated: 20 Feb 2017
We manage a co-operation policy that allows Travellers to camp on a temporary basis. However, this should not be seen as a substitute for permanent or transit sites. It is meant as a way of dealing with a humane requirement rather than an alternative to the permanent sites.
What does the policy allow?
This policy allows Travellers to remain on public land subject to the following conditions:
- Occupation does not constitute a measurable public health hazard or cause pollution to water supplies - district councils should liaise with the landowner, support groups and Traveller families to ensure services (eg, refuse collection) are in place to eliminate any public health hazard
- Occupation does not create a traffic hazard.
- Occupation does not create a right to long-term use of the site. The situation should be reviewed at regular intervals not exceeding 3 months.
- There is no current or immediate use for the land.
- The Travellers behave in a reasonable and orderly manner.
We do recognise that there will always be exceptional cases with special circumstances which would require a different approach.