More Support for Travellers in York
12:01am 8th August 2012
City of York Council is looking to tap into a £12.1 million fund, set up to support the development and improvement of traveller pitches, for the benefit of York's gypsy and traveller community and the communities they reside in.
The council is seeking to gain funding as part of a wider drive to tackle recognised issues, such as horses illegally grazing and horses being tethered by the road side, whilst supporting those gypsy and traveller families who are currently waiting for sites to become available and are in a vulnerable position in the interim.
The Traveller Pitch Fund is part of a long held commitment from Government to provide sites for gypsy and traveller communities who want to preserve the traditional way of life of travellers. The Gypsy and Traveller Area Assessment (GTAA), carried out in 2008-9, identified the need for an additional 36 new pitches in York and was endorsed by the council.
Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing, cabinet member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services for City of York Council said: "Government has a long-held housing policy to support the development and improvement of traveller pitches; to facilitate the traditional way of life of travellers while respecting the interests of the settled community. As a council we are supportive of this, with a commitment to addressing the housing needs of gypsies, travellers and showpeople, detailed in our 2011-2015 housing strategy."
"Through applying for Traveller Pitch Funding, we have the opportunity to tackle recognised issues such as horses illegally grazing and being tethered by the road side. It means we can start to deliver tangible benefits to the York gypsy and traveller community and the communities they reside in, whilst cutting down on council enforcement, environmental and management costs."
The bidding round for the next round of Traveller Pitch Funding is now open. The council will be bidding for this funding in September and the first round of allocation decisions will be made in October 2012.
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