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General News

New Traveller Sites? We need your views

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By Ben Chastney |  August 7, 2015 |

Leeds Town Hall owlIn mid-September Leeds City Council will be consulting on their plan for future Gypsy and Traveller sites. In simple terms there are two key parts to it; a public and a private. We will be looking for members’ opinions on either or both of these.

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Negotiated Stopping wins accolade!

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By Helen Jones |  July 20, 2015 |

Charity Achievement Awards 2015Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange have won the prestigious Lloyds Bank Foundation ‘Championing Change’ award for Yorkshire and Humber :)

The judges have recognised genuine change that Leeds ‘negotiated stopping’ programme has wrought in people’s lives.

Negotiated Stopping is the term, invented by Leeds GATE, which is used to describe a new approach to managing unauthorised -what we call roadside- encampment by Gypsy and Traveller people.  Very simply it means that the local authority no longer resort immediately to legal means to shift unauthorised camps; instead using dialogue and negotiation to enable travelling families to stay, for limited periods of time, on ground where it isn’t causing great inconvenience to anyone.  The families make an agreement with the authority about acceptable behaviour, use of waste disposal, when the camp will leave, and the authority more or less leaves them alone.  It doesn’t sound like rocket science but getting there has not been easy.

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Cottingley Springs residents raise funds and get Muddy!

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By Helen Jones |  June 23, 2015 |

Well done to 17 residents of Cottingley Springs who recently took part in the Mud Run at Temple Newsam Park to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research.  The group raised well over £400 and money is still coming in.

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Best City must be strategic about inclusion

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By Ellie Rogers |  June 1, 2015 |

Inclusion strategyWe have all heard the growing rhetoric about the deserving and the undeserving poor, we see this reflected most strikingly in the media, programmes like Benefits Street.

In this climate I think it is increasingly important that we are clear, at a strategic level, about what we are committed to in our city and what we understand by inequality.

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New faces, new opportunities

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By Ben Chastney |  May 26, 2015 |

New Leeds City council leader Coun Judith Blake (centre) with deputies Coun Lucinda Yeadon and Coun James Lewis
New Leeds City council leader Coun Judith Blake (centre) with deputies Coun Lucinda Yeadon and Coun James Lewis (Photo YEP)

The dust is settling following the recent election and new people are now moving into important roles, both at a local and national level.  Naturally some of these posts are of particular interest to Leeds GATE, namely those portfolios such as related to planning or communities, where their decisions may have a direct impact on the livelihoods of our members.  Decisions are now being made on who many of these people are and we are anxious to start working positively with them. 

GATE’s attitude towards those new in post, as with pretty much any issue, is one of constructive, pragmatic engagement.

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