Like every other housing authority in Wales, Wrexham Council has a legal obligation – under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 – to assess the accommodation needs of gypsies and travellers living in Wrexham or visiting the county borough.

This should be undertaken every five years.

The latest assessment was due to take place in 2020, but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s currently underway, and will be completed by the end of February 2022.

What does the assessment look at?

The assessment doesn’t look at the location of any extra pitches or accommodation needed.

Any potential sites would be explored as part of the Local Development Plan (LDP), which is a separate process.

The assessment looks at numbers and raw data only. It’s about how many pitches and how much accommodation we might need in the county borough – not where those pitches might be.

Who will the council consult with?

The council and its partners will be talking with local gypsy and traveller communities to help understand their likely travel patterns and living arrangements.

Once completed, the findings will be submitted to Welsh Government for approval. The council will then have a legal duty to meet the needs identified.

How to take part

If you’re a member of the traveller or gypsy community, and would like to find out more or be interviewed as part of the consultation, please get in touch.

Call 07474 267095 or 01792 535300, or email michael.bayliss@ors.org.uk