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.

Report an unauthorised encampment on Council land

The Council can only take action when an unauthorised encampment is on Council land.

Report an unauthorised encampment

Out of hours: 0845-602-1035

How the council deals with unauthorised encampments on Council land

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.

Information about progress on unauthorised encampments can be found on West Sussex website.

The Council is in charge of cleaning the site once the travellers have left. This usually takes place as soon as they move.

Unauthorised encampment on private land

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour

How do I report a crime?

If the crime is in progress - phone the Police straightaway:

Tel: 999

If the matter is not urgent you can report the incident to Sussex Police:

Tel: 101
Online: Report a crime online

Report anti-social behaviour

Report anti-social behaviour

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 defines anti-social behaviour as acting in a manner that has "caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household" as the perpetrator.

Contact us

Tel: 01444-477254

Last updated: 17 September 2018