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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Lord Avebury Calls For the Return of the Caravan Sites Act

By | 2011-11-28T17:08:00+00:00 November 28th, 2011|Uncategorised|

Forty three years after the groundbreaking 1968 Caravan Sites Bill Lord Avebury is to introduce a new Caravan Sites Bill to Parliament. The Bill, drafted with the assistance of  Simon Ruston of the New Traveller Association and Chris Johnson of the Community Law Partnership aims to counteract the reactionary bill produced by the Brighton MP Simon [...]

Exeter Gypsies Let Down By Council

By | 2011-11-26T21:14:00+00:00 November 26th, 2011|Uncategorised|

Plans for two Gypsy sites in Exeter have been abandoned by the city council.The proposed sites, at Monkerton and New Court, will be "released for other uses" after an inspector's report said further consultation was needed.The council has said it will look at other sites across Exeter but that it is "far too early" to [...]

Count of Gypsy and Traveller Caravans – July 2011

By | 2011-11-17T22:01:00+00:00 November 17th, 2011|Uncategorised|

The July 'caravan count' statistics have just been published by the government. The twice is yearly count is  unreliable, with inconsistent approaches from different Local Authorities, Gypsies and Travellers living on farms and camp sites not being counted etc., but it remains the main source of information about Gypsy and Traveller populations in England.July's count [...]

Gypsy Family Applies For Planning Permission – Portreath

By | 2011-11-17T16:39:00+00:00 November 17th, 2011|Uncategorised|

Gary Emmins has applied to Cornwall Council for permission to site a log cabin as a permanent base and a touring caravan.His agent  Maggie Smith-Bendall points out in her supporting statement to Cornwall Council that the site was sustainable with local services at "a short distance at Redruth and Illogan". The family is currently sharing [...]

TravellerSpace’s Other Blog

By | 2011-11-10T14:28:00+00:00 November 10th, 2011|Uncategorised|

Alongside this blog we have one focusing on Gypsy and Traveller news from across the UK. We update it most days, mostly with news from local media and think it is the most comprehensive collection of UK Gypsy and Traveller news stories online at the moment, but if we've missed anything let us know.Gypsy and [...]

New Police Eviction Powers On The Agenda?

By | 2011-11-10T01:31:00+00:00 November 10th, 2011|Uncategorised|

Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven, yesterday introduced a Bill to Parliament yesterday which would give greater powers to police forces and councils to move on Travellers from unauthorised sites. Although it has little chance of becoming law, Theresa May's statement below suggests it has the sympathy of the government. The Bill would revise [...]

Government Amend Legal Aid and Sentencing Bill to Criminalise Squatting

By | 2011-11-01T15:31:00+00:00 November 1st, 2011|Uncategorised|

The Government have announced that their amendments to the Legal Aid and Sentencing Bill will include a clause to make squatting in residential buildings a criminal offence, with up to 51 weeks imprisonment. They are due to debate and possibly vote on the amendment today (Tuesday 1st November) in the House of Commons.Over 95% of [...]