‘Gypsies and Travellers’ is an umbrella term which encompasses a very diverse range of people who either have a nomadic heritage or a nomadic or semi nomadic lifestyle.
There are estimated to be around 5,000 Gypsies and Travellers living in Devon; the largest group is Romany Gypsies and the second largest is New Travellers. There are also Irish Travellers, Roma and Showmen.
Some Gypsies and Travellers live in caravans or other forms of mobile accommodation and some in bricks and mortar. Some travel for part of the year and others are completely settled.
There are 3 Council run sites; one in Exeter, one in East Devon and one in Plymouth. In addition there are many small, private, family-owned sites across the county.
There are also Gypsies and Travellers living on unauthorised sites in the county; some of these sites are temporary and others are more permanent.