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Gypsy/Traveller Sites in Scotland

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


7 Overview of Gypsy/Traveller accommodation in Scotland

7.1 The previous sections have presented available evidence on public Gypsy/Traveller sites, private sites and unauthorised encampments across Scotland. This has identified a total of 54 sites across Scotland, including 29 public and 25 private sites. These 54 sites provide a total of 613 pitches, with the great majority of these let on a permanent basis.

7.2 The study has also identified a total of 406 discreet locations across Scotland used for unauthorised Gypsy/Traveller encampments over the last 3 years, accounting for an average of 414 encampments per year.

7.3 Figure 20 provides an overview of accommodation for Gypsy/Traveller accommodation in Scotland.

7.4 Map 5 shows the location of public and private site provision, planning applications for private Gypsy/Traveller sites, and encampments used by Gypsy/Travellers. This indicates some commonality in the location of Gypsy/Traveller sites, planning applications and encampment locations.

7.5 The east of Scotland accounts for most of the local authorities with higher levels of Gypsy/Traveller provision, with the most significant concentrations in the Forth Valley region, Fife, Highland, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, and Ayrshire. These regions together account for 52% of public site pitches, 82% of private pitches, and 76% of encampment locations – while representing 32% of the Gypsy/Traveller population[16]. In contrast, the Glasgow & the Clyde Valley SDPA area accounts for 12% of public site pitches and 10% of encampment locations (and does not have any recorded private sites), while representing 25% of the Gypsy/Traveller population. [17]

Figure 20: Overview of Gypsy/Traveller accommodation options

 

Public sites

Private sites

Encampments

Sites

Active
pitches

Sites

Pitches

Locations

Camps
per year

SCOTLAND

29

397

25

216

406

414

Aberdeen City

1

21

1

8

43

30

Aberdeenshire

2

30

5

58

30

50

Angus

1

18

0

0

0

0

Argyll & Bute

2

19

0

0

5

3

Clackmannanshire

1

14

0

0

0

0

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dumfries & Galloway

2

21

1

14

0

0

Dundee

1

20

0

0

0

13

East Ayrshire

0

0

1

3

12

13

East Dunbartonshire

0

0

0

0

8

3

East Lothian

1

8

0

0

0

0

East Renfrewshire

0

0

0

0

2

7

Edinburgh

1

20

0

0

0

0

Falkirk

1

12

6

32

23

10

Fife

3

46

6

62

54

58

Glasgow

0

0

0

0

0

0

Highland

4

47

0

0

39

38

Inverclyde

0

0

0

0

12

6

Midlothian*

0

0

0

0

5

2

Moray

0

0

1

6

24

20

North Ayrshire

1

16

0

0

54

72

North Lanarkshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Orkney

0

0

0

0

0

0

Perth & Kinross

2

26

3

24

34

16

Renfrewshire

0

0

0

0

0

17

Scottish Borders

1

10

0

0

10

22

Shetland

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Ayrshire

1

4

0

0

27

9

South Lanarkshire

2

27

0

0

9

12

Stirling

1

18

1

9

4

2

West Dunbartonshire

1

20

0

0

11

12

West Lothian

0

0

0

0

0

0

* The public site in East Lothian is a shared service with Midlothian Council.

Map 5: Gypsy/Traveller sites, planning applications and encampments

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