Gypsy Roma Traveller Leeds
The permanent site of the Gypsy Roma Traveller Communities
It is thought that they arrived in England around 1514.
The first recorded Gypsy presence in Leeds is in the Leeds Parish registers of 1572.
Leeds and Yorkshire has a history rich with the presence of Traveller and Gypsies.
Travelling communities live across the city. Some families still live in caravans on the official site at Cottingley, on privately owned sites, or on the roadside. Most families have moved into housing across the city.
The majority of these adults never had the opportunity to complete their schooling and many are still non-literate.
Roadside Families - These families have no where to stop and are constantly being evicted and moved on. They live without water, sanitation, rubbish collection, postal delivery, hard standing, electricity and security of tenure. The places they are forced to camp on are invariably very dangerous near main roads, derelict buildings or other hazards such as industrially polluted land or dangerous water – canals, rivers, ponds.
Read about young Traveller Megan who has won a place for the second year running in the super-successful Dazl Diamonds cheerleading troupe from south Leeds.
The Traveller communities include Gypsy, Roma and Travellers of Irish Heritage, who are the largest ethnic minority group in Europe numbering over 12 million people. But there are other Traveller communities as well.
The Cottingley Springs Caravan Sites are the only permanent sites in Leeds.
The original Cottingley Springs Caravan Site was the first 'Official' site for Travellers built by Leeds City Council in 1969.
Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange (GATE) is a community members association for Gypsies and Travellers who live in, or resort to, Leeds.