Working in partnership
All local authorities in Suffolk including the Police, PCT and Children and Young People's Services are working together to coordinate improved services for Gypsies and Travellers in Suffolk, whilst balancing the needs of the settled communities.
A countywide Gypsy and Traveller steering group exists. This group meets quarterly with its main aim to ensure the statutory, voluntary and county sector can respond effectively to the welfare of Gypsies and Travellers.
Authorised Gypsy and Traveller sites in Suffolk
In Suffolk there are a number of authorised Gypsy and Traveller sites, both council owned and privately owned. These are spread across the following districts:
- Babergh - 1 pitch
- Forest Heath - 1 privately managed site with 35 pitches and 1 privately owned site with 12 pitches
- Ipswich - 1 local authority managed site with 41 pitches and 1 private with one pitch
- Mid Suffolk - 15 private sites with 69 pitches in total
- St Edmundsbury - 2 private sites with 2 pitches in total
- Waveney - 1 privately managed site with 24 pitches
An unauthorised encampment is where any person camps on land they do not own. Suffolk has developed a protocol for managing unauthorised encampments (PDF 547Kb) ie: a set of rules to:
- address the need for effective management of unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller encampments whilst ensuring the rights of both the Gypsy and Traveller and settled community are met;
- make sure the county, district and borough councils are working together with all agencies to meet the needs of Gypsies, Travellers and the settled communities.
There are no authorised sites in Suffolk Coastal district.
An unauthorised development is where any person has developed one area of land for residential use but without planning permission.
There is a leaflet (pdf 758kB) that is intended to provide some information about this community and the role they play in the life of the county. This leaflet provides some facts and busts a few of the common myths, with the aim of providing information that will support increased understanding and learning between different communities in Suffolk.