Advice and Key Contacts for Gypsies and Travellers

We want to make sure that Gypsies and Travellers have access to the help and advice that they need to participate in and benefit fully from their community.  This section as well as advising on the availability of pitches and housing options, includes contact details of organisations that can help with advice, education, combating hate crimes or bullying, or just help you keep in touch with what is happening in the Travelling community.

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Authorised transit accommodation in Sussex

There are transit sites at Lewes, Brighton and Westhampnett, near Chichester.

Local Authority Sites

There are public sites in Mid Sussex in the following locations:
Bedelands, Burgess Hill- 9 pitches
Fairplace Hill Caravan Site, Burgess Hill- 9 pitches
Walstead Caravan Site, Lindfield- 5 pitches
Horsgate Caravan Site, Cuckfield- 3 pitches

Fairplace Hill, Walstead and Horsgate are managed by Home Space Sustainable Accommodation (HSSA), whilst Bedelands is currently managed by Mid Sussex District Council. You can apply to go on the waiting list for these sites, but there is a low turnover of pitch availability and usually a long waiting time for those seeking accommodation on these sites. 
Contact:

Home Space Sustainable Accommodation CIC
Unit 6 The Business Centre
Barlow Drive
Winsford
Cheshire CW7 2GN

Tel: 01606 557085

Private Sites

There are some pitches on existing private sites in Mid Sussex. Our Planning Services Team can provide advice on making a planning application for new private sites. Contact Planning Advice, Mid Sussex District Council Development Control Section 01444 458166 planninginfo@midsussex.gov.uk

Housing

The Council provides free housing advice for those in housing need. Contact: The Housing Needs Team, Tel: 01444 477574 housingadvice@midsussex.gov.uk

Other useful contacts for Gypsies and Travellers and organisations that work with them:

Traveller Support

Friends, Families and Travellers

Community Base
113 Queens Road
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 3XG

Tel: 01273 234777
Email: fft@gypsy-traveller.org
Website: Gypsy-Traveller Website

Sussex Travellers and Gypsies (formerly Sussex Traveller Action Group)

Telephone: 07941 460866
Email: Info@sussextag.org.uk
Website: www.sussextag.org.uk   

Gypsy Council

Telephone: (07963) 595952
Email: thegypsycouncil@btinternet.com

Travellers Times

A magazine produced 4 times a year, for Gypsies and Travellers and those who work with them.

Website: Travellers Times website

Legal advice

Traveller Advice Team

The Travellers Advice Team (TAT) provides legal advice to Gypsies and Travellers through a dedicated Telephone Advice Line 0845 120 2980 available between 10.00am - 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm Monday to Friday (with exception of Bank Holidays). Travellers can speak directly to experienced advisers on questions of evictions, planning matters, issues involving official caravan sites and other matters.  See the Friends, Families and Travellers website for further information.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Advice line number: 0844 4771171
Website: Citizens Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice service helps people to resolve their problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice. There are 3 offices in Mid Sussex:

Haywards Heath Citizen Advice Bureau
Oaklands
Paddockhall Road
Haywards Heath
RH16 1HG

Burgess Hill Citizens Advice Bureau
Delmon House
38 Church Road
Burgess Hill
RH15 9AE

East Grinstead Citizens Advice Bureau
Cantelupe House
Cantelupe Road
East Grinstead
RH19 3BZ

Reporting Hate Crime

Mid Sussex District Council

You can report incidents of hate crime on line via the Council's website
Telephone: 01444 477550

Sussex Police

Website: Sussex Police
Telephone: 101

Health

NHS Choices

Website: NHS Choices (provides information on Hospitals, GPs, Dentists, Pharmacists, Opticians, Walk in Centres, etc)

Telephone: 0845 4647 (24 hours)

Counselling Directory

Website: Counselling Directory (Find a counsellor near you)

Education

The West Sussex County Council Traveller Education Support Team

The Team support the education of Traveller pupils in West Sussex.  They help families and pupils to find a school place and give advice and support to schools to ensure successful inclusion and pupil achievement.

Traveller Education Support,
4th Floor Education Office (South)
Centenary House, Durrington Lane,
Worthing, West Sussex
BN13 2QB

Tel 01903 839271
Email: sheila.o'shea@westsussex.gov.uk

Benefits

Mid Sussex District Council

Website: Advice and benefits page of our website
Telephone: 01444 477264

Social Services

West Sussex County Council

Website: Social Services (West Sussex County Council)
Tel: (01444) 446100 

Local Government Services

There are three help points in Mid Sussex, which provide a one-stop shop for information on local government services.

Burgess Hill Help Point
helppoint@burgesshill.gov.uk  
01444 247726
96 Church Walk
Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15 9AS

East Grinstead Help Point
east.grinstead.help.point@westsussex.gov.uk
Public Library
32-40 West Street
East Grinstead
RH19 4SR
01342 300780

Haywards Heath Help Point
Oaklands Road
Haywards Heath
RH16 1SS
01444 458166
enquiries@midsussex.gov.uk