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Gypsy/Traveller Sites in Scotland

The report presents findings from a study collating data on Gypsy/Traveller sites in Scotland.


4 Private Gypsy/Traveller sites in Scotland

4.1 This section provides an overview of currently active private Gypsy/Travellers sites across Scotland. Findings are based on data returns from local authorities, triangulated with information on sites with planning approval published via e-planning. Where relevant, we also include comparison with data previously published via the Twice-Yearly Counts of Gypsy/Travellers up to July 2009.[7]

Overview of provision

4.2 Local authority returns identify a total of 25 active private Gypsy/Traveller sites across Scotland. This represents a small increase from the 22 private sites reported by the last Twice-Yearly Count in 2009.

4.3 The 25 active private sites provide a total of 216 pitches, equivalent to an average of around 9 pitches per site. This is somewhat smaller than the average of 13.7 pitches per public site, although informal feedback from local authorities indicates that private sites are similar to public provision in terms of their variable size (from single pitch sites to 30 or more pitches).

4.4 Active private Gypsy/Traveller sites are located across 9 local authority areas; Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Dumfries & Galloway, East Ayrshire, Falkirk, Fife, Moray, Perth & Kinross and Stirling. Falkirk, Fife, Aberdeenshire and Perth & Kinross report the largest supply of private Gypsy/Traveller pitches; these are the only areas reporting multiple private sites, and together account for more than 80% of all private site pitches.

4.5 It is notable that the local authority areas with private site provision are relatively rural in nature, with 6 of the 9 having a substantially larger proportion of the population living in areas classified as ‘accessible rural’ or ‘remote rural’.[8] As Map 2 shows, the majority of private site provision is in the centre and east of the country, with only East Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway reporting private site provision in the west of Scotland. Data gathered through the current study indicates that private sites in South Lanarkshire recorded by previous data collection exercises have all closed or changed use, such that local authority records indicate there is no currently active private site provision in the area.

Figure 9: Overview of private Gypsy/Traveller site provision

Figure 9: Overview of private Gypsy/Traveller site provision

Figure 10: Overview of private Gypsy/Traveller site provision

 

Number of sites

Total pitches

Avg pitches
per site

SCOTLAND

25

216

8.6

Aberdeen City

1

8

8.0

Aberdeenshire

5

58

11.6

Angus

0

0

0

Argyll & Bute

0

0

0

Clackmannanshire

0

0

0

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

0

0

0

Dumfries & Galloway

1

14

14.0

Dundee

0

0

0

East Ayrshire

1

3

3.0

East Dunbartonshire

0

0

0

East Lothian

0

0

0

East Renfrewshire

0

0

0

Edinburgh

0

0

0

Falkirk

6

32

5.3

Fife

6

62

10.3

Glasgow

0

0

0

Highland

0

0

0

Inverclyde

0

0

0

Midlothian

0

0

0

Moray

1

6

6.0

North Ayrshire

0

0

0

North Lanarkshire

0

0

0

Orkney

0

0

0

Perth & Kinross

3

24

8.0

Renfrewshire

0

0

0

Scottish Borders

0

0

0

Shetland

0

0

0

South Ayrshire

0

0

0

South Lanarkshire

0

0

0

Stirling

1

9

9.0

West Dunbartonshire

0

0

0

West Lothian

0

0

0

4.6 Map 2 over the page shows the 25 currently active private Gypsy/Traveller sites in Scotland.

Map 2: Private Gypsy/Traveller sites

Permanent and temporary pitch provision

4.7 Private Gypsy/Traveller site provision is similar in profile to public sites, being dominated by permanent pitches. Around 9 in 10 (91%) private site pitches are let on a permanent basis, while 9% are temporary lets (all private temporary pitch provision is in the Aberdeenshire area). However, it should be noted that local authority records are unlikely to include details of any short-term or informal arrangements between site owners and individual households.

Figure 11: Private site permanent and temporary pitches

 

Total pitches

Permanent pitches

Temporary pitches

SCOTLAND

216

196 (91%)

20 (9%)

Aberdeen City

8

8

0

Aberdeenshire

58

38

20

Angus

0

0

0

Argyll & Bute

0

0

0

Clackmannanshire

0

0

0

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

0

0

0

Dumfries & Galloway

14

14

0

Dundee

0

0

0

East Ayrshire

3

3

0

East Dunbartonshire

0

0

0

East Lothian

0

0

0

East Renfrewshire

0

0

0

Edinburgh

0

0

0

Falkirk

32

32

0

Fife

62

62

0

Glasgow

0

0

0

Highland

0

0

0

Inverclyde

0

0

0

Midlothian

0

0

0

Moray

6

6

0

North Ayrshire

0

0

0

North Lanarkshire

0

0

0

Orkney

0

0

0

Perth & Kinross

24

24

0

Renfrewshire

0

0

0

Scottish Borders

0

0

0

Shetland

0

0

0

South Ayrshire

0

0

0

South Lanarkshire

0

0

0

Stirling

9

9

0

West Dunbartonshire

0

0

0

West Lothian

0

0

0

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