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Monthly Archives: June 2011

January 2011 Caravan Count

By | 2011-06-29T21:48:00+00:00 June 29th, 2011|Uncategorised|

Twice yearly Local Authorities in England  are supposed to undertake a count of Gypsy, Traveller and Showpeople caravans in their area. The results of the January count have just been released. The Guardian's analysis of the data records a 26% drop in unauthorised sites on land not owned by Gypsies or Travellers and an 8% [...]

Gypsy Council Response to Planning for Traveller Sites Consultation

By | 2011-06-24T01:31:00+00:00 June 24th, 2011|Uncategorised|

The Gypsy Council has set up a  Facebook group to help people respond to the government's Planning for Traveller Sites consultation. It is vital that Gypsies and Travellers make sure their voices heard in this consultation. The Gypsy Council says:"This is a draft policy for the Government outlining proposed changes to the way planning for [...]

Devon Gypsy Fears Eviction From Own Land

By | 2011-06-14T21:03:00+00:00 June 14th, 2011|Uncategorised|

A Romany Gypsy has said he fears eviction after a retrospective planning application for eight traveller pitches in Devon was rejected by the council. Clarence Ware moved into four caravans with his family on a farm he bought in Whitestone, near Exeter. The application for four permanent and four temporary pitches was rejected. Mr Ware [...]

Boscarn Parc Play Area and Multi-Use Sports Pitch

By | 2011-06-14T20:53:00+00:00 June 14th, 2011|Uncategorised|

Two and a half years' of hard work by a group of young Gypsies from Boscarn Parc in Cornwall has seen a muddy field transformed into a new children's play area and multi-purpose sports pitch.  TravellerSpace supported twelve young people in identifying what was needed for  their site and the neighbouring community. Consultation events were held, [...]

Back To The Past – Planning for Traveller Sites

By | 2011-06-14T20:24:00+00:00 June 14th, 2011|Uncategorised|

Some thoughts from the Community Law Partnership on the government's draft guidance Planning For Traveller Sites,  which they intend as a replacement for the previous guidance, Circular 01/2006.Back to the Past  - Planning for Traveller SitesThe government consultation runs until 6th July, so there is still time to have your say.

A short film from Sally Tucker Woodbury

By | 2011-06-12T01:54:00+00:00 June 12th, 2011|Uncategorised|

"Why I'm doing this video is to help all the other Gypsies out there that might be coming to your villages to find somewhere to live. To make you have better understanding...to don't believe everything you see on the telly..by and large we're mostly respectable hard working people that pay our taxes and contribute to [...]

Dale Farm House of Lords Debate

By | 2011-06-10T12:39:00+00:00 June 10th, 2011|Uncategorised|

"My Lords, will my noble friend comment on the decision to spend £117,000 per family on eviction of these people from the Dale Farm site considering that there are no other sites in the county to which they could be directed? Does this policy not simply mean that another £18 million will have to be [...]

Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month In Cornwall

By | 2011-06-08T19:30:00+00:00 June 8th, 2011|Uncategorised|

GRTHM events confirmed so far for Cornwall: 15th June - St.Day Gypsy and Traveller Women's Group Open Day1st July (postponed from 17th June) - 10.30 am - 5.00 pm, Trehudreth, Bodmin Moor "A roaming celebration of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller culture and traditions set in a beautiful valley on the edge of Bodmin Moor. The culture [...]

Skint Government Finds £5.85 million to Evict Travellers

By | 2011-06-06T21:00:00+00:00 June 6th, 2011|Uncategorised|

Dale Farm: Home Office pledges cash for eviction costs"The Home Office has announced it will pay up to £4.65m towards the cost of evicting Travellers and Gypsies from an illegal site in Essex. The money will go towards policing the clearance of Dale Farm, between Billericay and Basildon.The announcement comes after the Department for Communities [...]