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.
Service update - 17 January 2018
Land at Devils Dyke - Unauthorised encampment:
- We have visited this site, to carry out health and welfare checks, and to conduct community impact assessments. The occupants have be informed that they are trespassing on council owned land and asked to leave. There will be a Possession hearing on 24th January 2018 to apply for an order in relation to this land. If granted, this will enable us to arrange for evictions to take place as soon as practicable. Whilst the encampments remain we will continue to monitor the sites with the police.
Travellers and our city
Processes and policies
- Learn more about the processes we have to follow when an encampment is set up (PDF 55KB).
- Find out about Sussex Police's Gypsy and Traveller policies and how the police liaise with Gypsy and Traveller communities.