Gypsies and Travellers - our responsibility and the law

Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers are legally recognised as ethnic groups, and protected from discrimination by the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998.

Travelling is a key part of Gypsy and Traveller identity, although there are different ways to live, such as:

  • permanently 'on the road', moving regularly around the country from site to site
  • permanently in caravans or mobile homes, on sites provided by the council, or on private sites
  • live in settled accommodation during winter or school term-time and then travel during the summer
  • 'bricks and mortar' housing, but still retain a strong commitment to Gypsy/Traveller culture and traditions

Gypsy and Traveller Liaison Officer

The Gypsy and Traveller Liaison Officer works with Gypsy and Traveller communities and the wider Bedford Borough community. They are responsible for:

  • management of the Kempston Hardwick and Willow Drift caravan sites (pitches)
  • unauthorised encampments

Gypsy and Traveller Liaison Officer
Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
Bedford MK42 9AP
Tel: 01234 267422