Help for Gypsies and Travellers
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We provide a range of services to assist the Gypsy and Travelling community including permanent caravan sites and education support.
Everyone has a right to be treated fairly and have access to our services, if you have been subject to any form of hate incident, please report it on Hate Free Highland link below.
We provide 4 permanent caravan sites for use by Gypsies and Travellers:
- Longman Park, Inverness - 19 pitches
- Newtonmore, Badenoch and Strathspey - 7 pitches - contact Sandy Sutherland on 01463 714094
- Spean Park, Lochaber - 14 pitches
- Kentallen, Lochaber - 7 pitches - contact John Ross on 01397 707299
Each site has individual pitches each with a utility unit, a hook up facility for electricity and hard-standing for parking caravans and motor vehicles.
You can rent a pitch on a long term basis or stay for only a few weeks. You may also be able to claim Housing Benefit to help with the rent of the pitch.
For more information and advice, please speak to the on-site staff above.
We respect Gypsy/Travellers right to a travelling lifestyle. We work hard to get a good balance between this and the needs of settled communities. We set out how we will do this in our policy.
Information and advice
The Scottish Government provides national guidance for Gypsies and Travellers.
Planning and development of sites
Your Views are Needed – Gypsy / Traveller Site Design Survey
Gypsy / Travellers are being asked to take part in this Scottish Government survey. They want members of the community to tell them what good quality, culturally appropriate accommodation should look like. You can influence what is provided. Your views will feed into their guide for designing and providing sites – and what Councils do and get funding for.
Please do this Gypsy / Traveller Site Design Survey to give your views on what should be included in it.
This is one of the actions aiming to improve the lives of Scotland’s Gypsy/Traveller communities.
- Telecommunications development
- Gaelic policies
- Communication Strategy
- Equality Impact Assessments - Public Conveniences
- Public Consultation – proposed designs to link the communities of Lochloy in Nairn and the A96 retail park via the Balmakeith Industrial Estate
- Nature Restoration Fund - Expression of Interest form