Gypsies and Travellers - An introduction

There is a long tradition of Gypsies and Travellers across the UK. Latest estimates show that up to 300,000 traditional travellers live across the country.

The quality of health, life expectancy and levels of literacy are lower than for the general population.

Generally there is a lack of suitable sites for Gypsies and Travellers and this often results in unauthorised camps being set up temporarily in our communities.

In line with the Housing Act (Wales) 2014, all councils in Wales must assess the needs of Gypsies and Travellers and create sites if there is a need.

In Denbighshire, an assessment has been carried out and there is a need for a permanent and a separate transit site in the county. We currently do not have any official sites.

The most recent research suggested the need for two residential sites to cope with need.

This leaflet has been prepared to provide communities with relevant and useful information about Gypsies and Travellers, as well as information about their culture.

Gypsy and Travellers: An introduction (PDF, 1.85MB)