Does London have adequate sites for Gypsies and Travellers?

15 October 2014

This meeting took place on 16 October 2014. Read the transcript for the first section here and the second section here.

Are there enough sites in the capital for Gypsy and Traveller communities, and what impact is any shortfall in sites having on wider public services?

The London Assembly Housing Committee will tomorrow look at the challenges faced in measuring the need for Gypsy and Traveller sites, finding appropriate sites to meet that need and identify innovative solutions to providing such sites.

The Committee will hold an ‘open mic’ session with people from the Gypsy and Traveller community followed by questions to the following guests:

Rob McCartney, Head of Housing Support, Leeds City Council

Bill Forrester, Head of Service, Kent County Council

Ilinca Diaconescu, Planning Policy, London Gypsy and Traveller Unit

Gill Slater, Policy Planner, LB Bromley

John Lett, Strategic Planning Manager, GLA

Jamie Ratcliff, Assistant Director – Programme, Policy and Services, GLA

The meeting will take place on Thursday, 16 October from 2.00pm in The Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors:

Full agenda papers

Darren Johnson AM, Chair of the Housing Committee, is available for interview. See contact details below.

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