About Gypsies and Travellers

Most people know very little about Gypsies and Travellers and may be unaware that the population in Devon includes a significant number of Gypsies and Travellers. These days, the majority of Gypsies and Travellers live in houses rather than caravans or vehicles, this is due to a number of reasons, including: a lack of permitted sites, legislation changes relating to common land and stopping places, and for health and education reasons.

Statistics demonstrate that Gypsies and Travellers have the poorest life chances of any ethnic group today and experience particularly poor outcomes in terms of life expectancy, health, education and employment. Many of the challenges the community faces are exacerbated by a lack of suitable accommodation and experiencing discrimination in every aspect of their lives.

The population in Mid Devon mainly comprises of Romany Gypsies, New Travellers and Travelling Showmen. There is a long history of Gypsies and Travellers living in Mid Devon, some families claim a local heritage over three hundred years. Mid Devon has a number of permanent Gypsy and Traveller sites in Mid Devon and Showman yards. Currently Mid Devon doesn’t have a Council owned public site.

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