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Our co-operation policy for Travellers

Updated: 17 Aug 2017
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Our co-operation policy is not a substitute for permanent or transit sites
Travellers accommodation
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.