Gateshead Council is committed to promoting the rights of all those who live and work in the borough, and visitors, irrespective of background or circumstance. The Council accepts that all members of the community have the right to protection under the law; to be protected from nuisance, harassment, and discrimination; and be able to access a range of fully inclusive services that meet their needs. Similarly members of the community in Gateshead, whether they are permanent or temporary, have a responsibility not to interfere with the rights of others. Equal standards of behaviour are expected from all. These rights and responsibilities apply equally to Gypsies and Travellers, as to members of the settled community within Gateshead.
The decision to adopt a travelling lifestyle, where housing need is met through living within a vehicle, either on a long or short-term basis, is made by many people for a wide variety of reasons. It is imperative that Gypsies and Travellers are not denied the right to mainstream services that the Council provides, simply by virtue of their lifestyle
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all members of Gateshead’s current and future Gypsy and Traveller communities receive services that meet their needs, whilst not conflicting with the rights and needs of the resident community. The policy is aimed at, not only those currently living in Gateshead, but also those transiting through the borough from time to time.