Gypsies & Travellers

At present there are more Gypsy/Traveller trailers than there are authorised legal places for them to stop. Government research estimates that at any one time there are approximately 3500 trailers on unauthorised encampments in England.

Having regard to the above information, it is likely that unauthorised camping may take place within this Borough. In order to ensure adequate planning and preparation for unauthorised encampments an Unauthorised Camping Procedure has been prepared and adopted.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council will consider each unauthorised encampment on an individual basis balancing the welfare needs of Travellers with those of the resident communities.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council recognise that Gypsies and Travellers, other agencies/departments, elected members and members of the settled community should be kept informed about what is happening with unauthorised encampments. Regular Gypsy/Traveller information exchanges provide information regarding current issues within the borough.


Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment Study

In order to understand the accommodation needs of the travelling communities residing in or resorting to our borough, Redcar and Cleveland Council have recently refreshed the Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Needs Assessment. This report will also update the evidence base for the upcoming Local Plan.

The Council commissioned Opinion Research Services to carry out this study and the completed report was finalised in August 2015 and is available to read below.

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