Gypsies & Travellers
The Council is aware of and accepts the rights of Gypsies and Travellers to live a nomadic way of life and recognises Gypsies as a racial group.
We follow advice and guidance from the Government as well as fulfilling the Council’s statutory duties concerning Gypsy and Traveller families.
West Sussex County Council acts on behalf of all of the District and Borough Councils in West Sussex in dealing with unauthorised encampments on Council land.
The Council is in charge of cleaning the site once the travellers have left. This usually takes place as soon as they move.
If the encampment is on private land, then the responsibility will be with the landowner. They are expected to deal with the matter according to civil law.
Permanent Gypsy and Traveller sites in Mid Sussex
There are currently local authority sites in the following locations in Mid Sussex:
- Bedelands, Burgess Hill
- Fairplace Hill Caravan Site, Burgess Hill
- Walstead Caravan Site, Lindfield
- Horsgate caravan Site, Cuckfield
The sites are managed by West Sussex County Council, except for Bedelands which is currently managed by Mid Sussex District Council.
Our assessments show that we need more pitches in Mid Sussex and we are working to increase provision – see Traveller Sites Allocation Documents.