Gypsy and Traveller services

What you need to know

Heath Common residential traveller site

Health Common has 38 residential plots. Each plot has a utility block with a kitchen, bathroom, separate toilet, and storage area.

The weekly rent for each plot is currently £80.33, council tax is £881.85 and residents also have to pay for their mains electricity, water and gas (LPG).

Licence applications are prioritised based on a family’s needs. Residents can also apply for a permit to allow their horses to graze on the Common providing they have been electronically chipped and registered for a horse passport.​

We provide the following services:

  • Management of the registered Heath Common residential traveller site. A Gypsy and Traveller Liaison Officer is present on the site Monday – Friday to support the community and represent the council.
  • Deal with unauthorised encampments in the district and work closely with the police to move Travellers on.

Unauthorised encampments (UE)

Unauthorised Encampments (UE) are defined by the government as "Encampments of caravans and/or other vehicles on land without the landowner or occupier's consent constituting Trespass" 

The prevention of Trespass is the responsibility of the landowner.

Unauthorised Encampments:

  • 2 caravans on Sharlston Common. Travellers repossession applied for.

  • 1 caravan on Waterfront Car Park, Barnsley Road, Wakefield. Council Land. Legal action started.

You will need to tell us:

  • Where the travellers are
  • How many there are
  • When they arrived
  • Your contact details

Report an unauthorised traveller camp

If you wish to report an unauthorised traveller camp, please fill in our online form, after which we will receive an application number. If you provide us with an email address an automated acknowledgment of your request will be sent to you. 

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Contact us

Gypsy and Traveller Liaison Officer

Anti-Social Behaviour Unit
Wakefield Divisional Headquarters
Havertop Lane

0345 8 506 506