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Negotiation is better than litigation for Gypsy/Traveller camps

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By Ben Chastney |  August 24, 2015 |

Encampment on Holdback MoorAs was reported this week in the YEP there was a recent encampment down on Holbeck Moor. This has just moved on but I would like to provide a brief response to the article and comment on the wider approach taken towards roadside camps.

Firstly, it is worth reflecting on how long it has been since we have read an article like this. A few years back it was difficult to go many weeks, particularly over summer months, without reports, usually very negative, of another encampment. Put aside debate over the style and tone of such articles, it is a positive that there has been less about ‘problem’ camps in the Leeds area, largely perhaps because there have been fewer deemed ‘newsworthy’.

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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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