Gypsy & Travellers Strategy 2007-2012

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council published its first Gypsy & Traveller Strategy in 2005. We now have a second/updated Gypsy & Traveller Strategy for the period 2007-2012 which was approved by Members at a Cabinet meeting held in December 2007.

This Strategy has been developed within the context of National and Regional guidance and policy, using new and existing information from a variety of sources such as best practice from other local authorities and agencies and feedback from consultation with stakeholders, Gypsies, Travellers, businesses and resident communities.


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What we have done so far to deliver the Gypsy and Traveller Strategy:
  • We have a dedicated Minority Needs Officer who is provided to assist and support minority groups. The officer has a successful relationship with the residential Traveller site leaseholder and the general travelling population.
  • The Minority Needs Officer provides a reliable, familiar and continuous point of contact for all issues relating to gypsy and Traveller matters (including unauthorised encampments).
  • In December 2007 after extensive consultation with the travelling community we leased our residential site to an experienced site provider & member of the travelling community.
  • In 2008 we expanded the existing residential Travellers site to provide transit facilities for 4/5 families. A new shower block and toilet facilities have been provided.
  • In 2008 we re-opened our residential Travellers site which provides 14 residential pitches.
  • In 2009 we reviewed and revised our Unauthorised Encampment Procedure to ensure it complied with all relevant legislation and case law.
  • We provide a Gypsy and Traveller Information Pack to all Travellers who visit the Borough. The pack contains information on refuse disposal, health facilities, maps etc.
  • We have a published Code of Conduct for Unauthorised Encampments. All encampments are visited on a regular basis and provided with a copy (at the initial visit).
  • We have a published Toleration & Unauthorised Encampment Procedure & Decision Framework which is accessible to all via the Councils website and available in hard copy format from Council buildings and libraries.
  • In 2012 we secured Traveller Pitch funding from the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) to fund renewal works to the existing site.


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