Gypsies and Irish Travellers are recorded as living in this country as early as the beginning of the 15th Century.
Planning Law defines Gypsies and Irish Travellers as people with a nomadic way of life and whilst this is historically true, 90% of Gypsies across the world now live in houses. Even where Gypsies and Travellers do live in houses, their culture and heritage stays with them. The romantic view of Horse Drawn Caravans and living in ‘Yurts’ or ‘Benders’, (type of tent) has long since passed. These days, they use modern vehicles and trailers (caravans).
Gypsies and Travellers are protected from discrimination by the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Human Rights Act 1998, together with all ethnic groups who have a particular culture, language or values.
There are no sites designated for encampment in Torbay, temporarily or permanently. and no encampment can take place without the expressed landowner's permission.
Torbay Council works with partners across health, the police, education and the courts to manage sites of unauthorised encampment on public land.
Latest News on Encampments in the Bay
10 May 2013 - Galmpton Common
We were made aware on Thursday evening of an unauthorised encampment on Galmpton Common. It consists of four or five caravans and about three works vehicles.
Officers from our Community Safety department visited the site today and made the travellers aware that they have no permission to remain there. They also advised them of a code of conduct regarding such things as the correct disposal of waste.The relevant health and education welfare checks will be carried out next week, before any decision is made regarding eviction.
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