Leeds GATE

Working to improve the quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers

0113 240 2444

Crown Point House,
167-169 Cross Green Lane,
Leeds LS9 0BD

GATE office is closed til 13th January. Happy New Year!

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By Helen Jones |  December 20, 2013 |

Thanks to everyone, especially Healthy Living Network Leeds, for helping us to have great fun at our Christmas Fayre on Thursday 19th December. The people were lovely, the food was lovely, and the mulled wine was lovely!! We had a few leftover presents which we have donated to PAFRAS. The office is now closed until the 13th January. If you need to collect c/o mail before then please ring the office where you will find a message with a mobile number to call. However please only call if it is urgent that you do so.

A reminder to get your scrap license sorted!

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By Helen Jones |  December 10, 2013 |

Scrap metal wagonJust a quick reminder about the new scrap metal licence rules. As you may have heard, anyone who is dealing in scrap metal, or plans to do so, now needs a licence. This law came into force a couple of months back in September and is now being enforced since last week. From what we hear, the police together with the Council have in some areas been asking to see licences from scrap dealers travelling near scrap yards so this is clearly a requirement which should not be ignored lightly.

Negotiated Stopping versus Transit Sites – what’s the difference?

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By Helen Jones |  November 25, 2013 |

CaravansImagine you need somewhere safe and authorised to temporarily park your caravan. This might be because you have nowhere where you are officially able to stay permanently in your caravan due to gross under provision of such places.  Or it may be that you are ‘travelling’ as part of your inherited cultural traditions despite having an ‘authorised’ site, or even a house, elsewhere.

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.

Climbing the social ladder – how about even being on the ladder?

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By Helen Jones |  November 18, 2013 |

The social ladderAnother week in the news, another discussion about social mobility. Across the political spectrum there is apparent consensus that not enough is being done, that too many people from privilege continue to dominate politics, business, media etc. What the debate often misses is recognition that some disadvantaged groups, such as Gypsies and Travellers, are excluded almost entirely.