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- Gypsy, Roma, Traveller - Bristol directory (pdf, 4.0 MB)(opens new window). Lots of phone numbers and help about all kinds of things.
- Gypsy, Roma, Traveller - Bristol support team (pdf, 0.6 MB)(opens new window). A leaflet about services and people who may be able to support you.
Gypsies and Travellers contribute to society through involvement in many spheres of activity and live by the same rules as everyone else. However, there are many 'myths' about them in the media.
We have prepared a booklet in partnership with a group of Gypsies and Travellers to provide a more accurate picture of their lives and to promote better relationships with settled people.
- Myth busting booklet on Gypsies and Travellers (2006) (pdf, 476 KB)(opens new window)
- Myths and facts leaflet on Gypsies and Travellers (2006) (pdf, 193 KB)(opens new window)
The Gypsy, Roma,Traveller (GRT) Inter-agency Team provide a comprehensive service to Gypsy, Roma and Travellers and the settled community. Find out about us in the inter-agency support team leaflet (pdf, 0.6 MB)(opens new window).
The Gypsy, Roma Traveller Team manage the city's two sites and is responsible for the management and monitoring of all unauthorised encampments on local authority owned land.
Please look through the resources below before contacting us - we're a very small very busy team - thanks.
Sites and encampments
In Bristol we have one permanent caravan site in Ashton Vale (12 pitches) and one transit site in Lawrence Weston (20 pitches).
- The permanent site has a mixture of English Gypsies and Irish Travellers and is owned and managed by Bristol City Council. Some residents move away for the spring and summer for work purposes but come back for the autumn and winter months. This site is for residency twelve months a year.
- The transit site is used for Gypsies and Travellers moving to and from Bristol for work purposes only. They can stay for up to three months at a time only. This site saves on costs of evictions, illegal or unauthorised encampments and is a safe place to stay while looking for work. There can be as little as one family or as many as twenty families staying at any one time.
Forms for sites, pitches and encampments
- Permanent Residential Pitch application form - explanatory notes (msword, 70 KB)(opens new window)
- Residential Pitch Application Form (msword, 207 KB)(opens new window)
- Residential Gypsy Traveller Site health and support needs form (msword, 161 KB)(opens new window)
- Transit gypsy site application form - Kingsweston Lane (msword, 111 KB)(opens new window)
- Unauthorised encampment - request form (msword, 149 KB)(opens new window) for welfare needs and personal circumstances information
Housing - useful contacts
- HomeChoice Bristol. Social housing applications. 0117 922 2400
- Bristol City Council planning department. 0117 352 5009
- Bristol City council tenancy relations. 0117 914 1206/7
- Planning Aid Helpline. 0870 850 9807
Housing - websites
- Homelessness support in Bristol from St Mungos
- Information and advice on sites by the Shelter charity
- Information and advice on sites by FFT traveller organisation
More information and resources
Coming during July 2015.
Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Team P O Box 3176 (100TS) Bristol, BS3 9FS Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Out of hours - about unauthorised encampments - call Emergency Control, 0117 922 2050
- Email: email@example.com
- Work: 0117 922 4272