Gypsy & Travellers in York

The City of York’s largest ethnic minority group are Gypsies and Travellers, although they are under represented on official statistics. The City Council currently maintains three official sites for Gypsies and Travellers at James Street, Clifton and Osbaldwick. Other families also live in housing across the city.

Osbaldwick Site

Osbaldwick Traveller Site is the official Traveller site in the east side of York. The site was inherited from Ryedale District Council during a boundary change.

James Street Site

James Street Travellers site is the only site which York City Council have actually built for Travellers in York.

Clifton Site

Clifton Traveller Site is an official Traveller Site in York. The Clifton site was inherited by York City Council from Ryedale District Council when boundaries were changed. To provide for disabled Travellers the provision of pitches was increased by three with facilities for disabled.

The Marginalised and Excluded research report

By Marie Neale, Gary Craig & Mick Wilkinson

York’s Traveller Community – time for inclusion

York’s oldest ethnic minority are suffering as a result of poorer housing, educational opportunities and health services.  New research published today shows that travellers, who have lived in and around York for centuries, still have less access to universal services like health, education and suitable accommodation than other residents. Many of York’s travellers feel marginalised and excluded from a society in which they have lived and worked all their lives.

The findings follow a major study carried out for York Travellers Trust and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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