Brighton & Hove is mainly visited by Irish Travellers, English Gypsies and New Travellers. Nomadic life is not illegal, and Travellers have a basic right to this way of life. The council recognises that this has to be balanced with the rights of the general public to enjoy private and public land.
Our frequently asked questions page sets out how the council, and other official agencies, work to try to balance the rights of all those involved.
Service update - Friday 24th October 2014
Unauthorised encampment of Travellers on land at Black Rock, Madeira Drive - Council officers have visited this site with the police, and the statutory checks have been carried out. The Travellers have been informed that they are trespassing on council-owned land and have been asked to leave. We have instructed our legal team to apply to the County Court for a Possession Order to regain possession of the land. This will enable us to arrange for an eviction to be carried out as soon as practicable, should the families fail to leave the site voluntarily.
Unauthorised encampment of van dwellers on land at Coldean Woods - Council officers have visited the site with the police, and the statutory checks have been carried out. The Travellers have been informed that they are trespassing on council-owned land and have been asked to leave. We have instructed our legal team to apply to the County Court for a Possession Order to regain possession of the land. This will enable us to arrange for an eviction to be carried out as soon as practicable, should the occupants fail to leave the site voluntarily.
Plans for a permanent Traveller site at Horsdean
We have identified a need for residential accommodation for Gypsies and Travellers in the city and, in line with our policy for managing unauthorised encampments, we want to build a permanent Gypsy and Traveller site with good facilities.
The council made a planning application to South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) for a permanent Traveller site in Brighton & Hove at Horsdean. The application was made after an extensive selection process. A survey was carried out at 50 locations under terms jointly agreed by officers from Brighton & Hove City Council and the South Downs National Park Authority.
The South Downs National Park Authority’s planning committee has approved the planning application for the permanent traveller site www.southdowns.gov.uk
12 new pitches will now be built at Horsdean next to an existing site with 21 existing transit spaces.
A £1.7 million government grant to develop a permanent Traveller site is expected to cover the cost of the development. Travellers living on the site will pay rent and council tax.
Find out more about our plans for a permanent Traveller site.
Brighton & Hove Traveller Strategy
Our Traveller Strategy sets out how the council balances the needs of traveller communities with those of the city’s settled communities.
View or download our Brighton & Hove One Year On: the Traveller Commissioning Strategy in Action 2012/13 [PDF 414kb]
The Horsdean Traveller site is one of the few transit sites for Travellers in the country. The council takes action against unauthorised sites in line with our Traveller strategy.
Traveller Liaison service
Brighton & Hove City Council and the police have been working in partnership to manage unauthorised Traveller encampments within the city, and minimise conflict and nuisance. This partnership approach has been in place since 2001.
Find out more about how the Traveller Liaison Team work to manage unauthorised encampments within the city.
Traveller Liaison services include:
- liaison with the settled community
- provision of advice and support to landowners and the public
- management of the Horsdean Traveller Site
- support in helping Travellers access services such as health and education
The Traveller Liaison Service has teachers and home or school support staff who can help with attendance issues and supporting Gypsy or Traveller children whilst they are in schools.
To contact the Traveller Liaison Team, please phone (01273) 292044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communities and Local Government
Information about what the Government is doing to increase the provision for Travellers and Gypsies, and tackle unauthorised sites.
Friends, Families and Travellers
A national charity that works on behalf of all Travellers and Gypsies, based in Brighton.
The Gypsy Council
Traveller Times online brings you the latest news, pictures, video, opinion and resources from within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
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