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What now for Gypsy and Traveller sites in Greenbelt, Mr Pickles?

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By Helen Jones |  July 24, 2014 |

Eric PicklesI have spent the last three days in Leeds Civic Hall council chamber listening to a Planning Inquiry into Leeds City Council's application to extend its local authority Gypsy and Traveller site at Cottingley Springs on Gelderd Road.

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Cllr Finnigan won't silence our work to support peace among neighbours

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By Helen Jones |  June 26, 2014 |

Councillor Finnigan of Morley Independents has chosen to take to his blog to call Leeds GATE the ‘Thought Police’.  His comments appear to be prompted by two things; one his misunderstanding of our purpose and response to the current Traveller site planning application in Morley; and secondly an ongoing formal complaint from ourselves and a national representative organisation – The Traveller Movement - to Leeds City Council suggesting that Councillor Finnigan’s actions may contravene equalities legislation.

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ABCD Project Evaluator Opportunity

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By Helen Jones |  June 20, 2014 |

Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange are seeking to recruit an experienced and dynamic evaluator (suitable collaborations or partnership tenders will be eligible to apply) for our three year asset based community development project funded by the Lankelly Chase Foundation. The project is seeking to use asset based community development (ABCD) and co-production techniques to bring about attitude shifts leading to actual and measurable change in public service design, access and delivery.

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Accommodating History in Practice

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By Helen Jones |  May 28, 2014 |

Painted milk churnsAs we approach Gypsy Roma Traveller History month it is naturally a time to be optimistic about the opportunities such an occasion provides to tell positive stories. Just this week we had a call from a prison the other side of the country seeking support in what sounds like an already ambitious project to raise awareness of Gypsy and Traveller culture for their inmates, staff and visitors. We note happily that schools, Councils and other bodies are taking steps to ensure that such history is recognised and celebrated.

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Negotiated Stopping features in Big Issue in the North

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By Helen Jones |  November 19, 2013 |

With less money available to local authorities for costly evictions and clean up associated with unauthorised and unmanaged encampments, Negotiated Stopping, first pilotted here in Leeds is attracting attention. You can read how the Big Issue in the North has covered the issue here. There will be another opportunity to join us for an expert learning day on how to deliver negotiated stopping in your area on 30th January 2014 in Birmingham.

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