Your Future, Your Say 15/02/2020 - 10/04/2020
To speak with the Council, please telephone 01495 354600
or visit the Housing Advice Centre, 20 Church Street, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, NP23 4AL
Part 3 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 requires local authorities in Wales to undertake a Gypsy and Traveller accommodation assessment and, where an unmet need is identified, to make provision for residential site pitches. We therefore need to talk to the Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople communities to find out whether your family needs a residential pitch, house or transit site.
The definition of the target community as it appears in Section 108 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 is:
Persons of a nomadic habit of life, whatever their race or origin, including:
persons who, on grounds only of their own or their family’s or dependant’s educational or health needs or old age, have ceased to travel temporarily or permanently, and
members of an organized group of travelling show people or circus people (whether or not travelling together as such); and
all other persons with a cultural tradition of nomadism or of living in a mobile home
The assessment is meant to be carried out every 5 years but Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council are conducting ours earlier in relation to the development of the Local Development Plan (LDP).
We are hoping to talk to as many families and individuals as possible before the 23rd March 2020 in order to produce a robust evaluation of need in Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council. Information collected during the survey will be used to determine how many pitches are needed within the county, both now and in the future. Any personal data gathered will be held under our privacy notice which is available on the Council’s website.
The GTAA will be carried out in accordance with statutory guidance issued by Welsh Government available at: Gypsy and traveller accommodation assessments: guidance.
If you have any further questions about the assessment, or if you would like to take part in the survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01495 354600.