Our co-operation policy for Travellers
Updated: 22 Jan 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?
Once the policy is in place, Travellers should be allowed to remain on the 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.