Gypsy & Traveller Information Exchange

The Haven Gypsy/Traveller Site, South Bank

The Haven site has now re-opened, after extensive work to improve facilities and build an additional 5 pitch's was completed. If you would like to make an application to occupy a pitch then please contact Paul Wheatley on 01287 612305 to discuss.

Site Information.
  • In line with people living in rented bricks and mortar housing, occupants of the site pay rent, council tax, water rates and electricity charges.
  • Each pitch includes an amenity unit, containing a toilet, bath and kitchen area. There is no sleeping accommodation as occupants will sleep in their trailers.
  • Travellers Education Services assist in registering children into local schools. (Full details in the Gypsy and Traveller Strategy)
  • Public Health Team, Surestart *, Adult Education, Low Grange Health Village to deliver their services plus others deliver their services to occupants at the site.
  • The site is now run on a Lease basis by Mr Louis Welch. Louis is an experienced local site operator who is keen to develop and expand Gypsy and Traveller facilities within the site.
 icon Health Needs Assessment.pdf (0.68Mb)
Last modified: 22/10/2007 09:59:21


Unauthorised Encampments

If you would like any further information then please contact Paul Wheatley on 01287 612305 or email paul.wheatley@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

Unauthorised Encampments on Private Land

  • Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council are not responsible for removing Gypsies/Travellers trespassing on private land. The landowner is primarily responsible, although, RCBC will act in an advisory capacity if needed.
  • Trespass is a civil offence and landowners have the right to repossess their property using the civil courts, (further information and guidance can be obtained from: http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk ), common law or direct negotiation. Advice can be obtained from the Citizens Advice Bureau at: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk
  • Some private landowners choose to negotiate with the Gypsies/Travellers directly and agree a date. This is not always possible and caution would be advised.
  • To avoid the expense and costs of court, some may choose their common law rights to recover the land using reasonable force as necessary. Such action is lawful and some firms of bailiffs have carried out many evictions effectively and without trouble. Good practice suggests for common law evictions to seek to ensure that no more than necessary reasonable force is used and should include the following:
  1. Police should always be notified of an eviction and called in to stand by to prevent a breach of the peace; and
  2. If the police advise that it is inappropriate to carry out an eviction, it should always be delayed until an agreed time.
  • The Police only have power to order unauthorised encampments to vacate the land immediately if the following criteria are met:
  • When two or more people are trespassing on land: and
  • They are present there with the common purpose of residing there for any period; and
  • Where there are six or more vehicles present on the land; and
  • Where there has been damage to land or property; and
  • Where there has been threatening/abusive/insulting behaviour used against the occupier; a member of his family or employee or agent of his and
  • Where reasonable steps have been taken by or on behalf of the occupier to ask them to leave the land.

The Police and/or Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council will also take action if there are any criminal offences perpetrated during eviction action by bailiffs or private firms.
  • When the Travellers have left, it is the responsibility of the landowner to clean and secure the land.

You may wish to seek further advice from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council - Paul Wheatley - Enforcement Officer - Minority Needs 01287 612305

Gypsy and Traveller Strategy
  • The Gypsy & Traveller Strategy was first approved by Cabinet on 22 March 2005 and has now been updated, for the period 2007 - 2012. The current strategy is being reviewed and an updated version is being written, to cover the period 2013-2018.
  • In order to ensure we are providing an efficient and effective service, we would like to invite your comments about how successful you believe our Strategy has been. You can provide your comments in the following ways:

Health and Welfare
  • Upon arriving within the Borough, all Gypsies and Travellers will be visited by the councils Enforcement Officer to carry out a welfare assessment. Any identified needs will be addressed via referrals and signposting to relevant agencies. Details of local health facilities and services will also be provided.

Additional Information Tees Valley Wide Gypsy/Traveller Communications Group
  • The group was established to improve communications and consistency in service provision for Gypsies and Travellers in the boroughs of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, Darlington and Stockton. Members of this group are from the Gypsy and Traveller community; Police; Council Officers; Children and Adult Education Services; Surestart; Connexions; Health; libraries and voluntary organisations.
  • The council has continued to establish links with neighbouring authorities to improve on good practice, and find a more consistent approach when dealing with the travelling community across the Tees Valley.
Domestic Violence within the Gypsy and Traveller Community

Because Gypsies and Travellers live on the whole in a closed community, there is a tendency to try and resolve disputes within the extended family. For many issues it is an effective way of dealing with problems not so for domestic violence. Cultural expectations can also make it difficult for domestic violence to be challenged.

The difficulties of Gypsies and Travellers living with domestic violence can be made worse by attitudes and reactions of people outside their
communities. Gypsy and Traveller women may feel unable to contact the police or other agencies for support.
Most Gypsies and Travellers will have a social life that is mainly based around their extended family and community. Leaving because of domestic abuse means a woman not only losing her home and partner, but also her community, her culture and way of life. It also leaves her open to prejudice of the settled population, without the security and protection that a living with her own community brings.

The Gypsy and Traveller Network have produced a leaflet giving cultural guidance for any agencies or individual workers who may provide support or a service to women (and children) from the Gypsy and Traveller Communities

 icon DV leaflet - GT - 301110.pdf (1.08Mb)
Last modified: 30/11/2010 11:15:47


Contact Information

Paul Wheatley
Enforcement Officer - Minority Needs
Tel: 01642 774774
E-mail: paul.wheatley@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

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