HC Deb 07 May 1976 vol 910 cc500-3W
Mr. Douglas-Mann

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what is the latest estimate of his Department, region by region, of the number of caravan sites required by gipsies and the number available;

(2) whether he will make a statement setting out the local authorities which have provided their quota of sites under the Caravan Sites Act, showing the numbers provided, and the local authorities which have not yet done so, showing the numbers yet to be provided; and what action he proposes in respect of those which have not yet provided their quotas.

Mr. John Silkin

Precise estimates of the numbers of gipsy families in England and Wales are not available, but there are probably about 7,000 in all. The duty on local authorities under the Caravan Sites Act 1968 is to provide, not a quota of sites, but adequate accommodation for all gipsies residing in or resorting to their area.

As at 31st December 1975 there were 132 local authority sites in England and Wales, offering accommodation for 2,110 gipsy caravans. Details are given in the table below, which supersedes the provisional table published in the Official Report on 23th January.

County District Council (Name and/or Location of Site) Number of Pitches
Durham *Darlington (Honeypot Lane) 20†
*Darlington (Neasham Road) 20
East Sussex Wealden (Swan Barn, Hailsham) 3
Wealden (Polly Arch, Polegate) 3
Essex Epping Forest (Toot Hill, Standford Rivers) 12
Harlow (Fernhill Lane) 16
*Basildon (Hovefields) 20
Harlow (Peldon Road) Wintering site 20†
Gloucestershire Forest of Dean (Cinders Caravan Site, Crump Meadow, Cinderford) 10
Tewkesbury (Cursey Lane, Elmstone Hardwicke 14
Tewkesbury (Cursey Lane, Elmstone Hardwicke) 14
Stroud (The Willows, Sandhurst Lane, Near Gloucester) 30
Greater London Barking (Eastbrook End, Dagenham) 16
Barnet (Colney Hatch Lane, Finchley) 12†
Bexley (Powerscroft Road, Footscray, Sidcup) 15
*Brent (North Circular Road, NW10) 10†
Bromley (Star Lane, St. Mary Cray) 12
Camden Nil
Croydon (Beddington Farm Road) 15
Ealing (Kensington Road, Northolt) 16†
Enfield (Montague Road, Edmonton) 15
Greenwich (Harrow Manorway, Abbey Wood) 54
Hackney Nil
*Hammersmith (Olaf Street) 10†
Haringey Nil
*Harrow (Watling Farm, Elstree) 15
Havering (Stubbers Pursuit Centre, South Ockendon) 16
Hillingdon (Colne Park, Cricketfield Road, West Drayton) 22†
Hounslow (The Hartlands, Church Road. Cranford) 15†
Islington Nil
*Kensington and Chelsea (Kensal Road Sub-Depot) 10†
Kingston upon Thames (Hook Rise South. Tolworth, Surbiton) 15†
*Lambeth (Rosendale Road) 15†
Lewisham (Thurston Road) 15ߤ
Merton (Durnsford Road, Wimbledon) 15
Newham (Templar Mills, Clays Lane, Stratford) 14
Redbridge (North View, Forest Road, Hainault) 16
Richmond upon Thames (Bishops Grove. Hampton) 16
*Southwark (King Arthur Street, SE15) 15†
Sutton (Carshalton Road. Woodmansterne, Banstead) 15
Tower Hamlets Nil
Waltham Forest (Folly Lane, Walthamstow) 16
Wandsworth Nil
Greater Manchester Manchester (Dantzic Street) 16
Bolton (Hall Lane) 16
Bury (Todd Street) 13
Wigan (Bickershaw Lane, Abram, Hindley) 15
Wigan (Miry Lane) 15
Stockport (Hatherlow Street) 15†
*Oldham (Ada Street) 16†
Hampshire *Southampton (Redbridge Lane) 20†
*Southampton (Kanes Hill) 20†
*Hart (Star Hill, Hartley Wintney) 20†
Hereford and Worcester Wychavon (Hipton Hill, Evesham) 15
Bromsgrove (Wythall) 12
Hertfordshire Welwyn Hatfield (Holwell Court, Hatfield Road, Hatfield) 19
Hertsmere (Sandy Lane, Bushey) 27
St. Albans (Barley Mow Lane, Smallford) 15
St. Albans (Three Cherry Trees) 15
Welwyn Garden City (Tolpits Lane, Watford) 4†
St. Albans (Park Street) 6
Humberside Beverley (Middledyke Lane. Cottingham) 34†
Isle of Wight Nil
Kent Dartford (Claywood Lane) 12
Medway (Cuxton) 12
Maidstone (Marden) 15
Tonbridge and Malling (Windmill Lane) 16
Sevenoaks (Edenbridge) 12
Maidstone (Ulcombe) 12
Ashford (Chilmington, Great Chard) 16

County District Council (Name and/or Location of Site) Number of Pitches
Lancashire Blackburn (Albion Road) 17
Preston (London Road) 15†
Leicestershire Leicester (Meynell Gorse, Golf Course Lane, Braunstone) 15
Bosworth (Aston Firs, Sapcote, Near Hinckley) 15
North West Leicestershire (Station Yard, Castle Donnington) 3
Lincolnshire Lincoln (Blyton) 15
South Kesteven (Grantham) 16
Merseyside Liverpool (Oil Street, Waterloo Dock) 24
St. Helens (Sherdley Road) 12
Norfolk Norwich (Mile Cross Road) 15
Northamptonshire Daventry (Gypsy Lane, Irchester) 16
Northumberland *Wansbeck (Shields Road, Hartford) 15
North Yorkshire Nil
Nottinghamshire Nottingham (Moor Bridge) 15
Oxfordshire South Oxfordshire (Sandford on Thames, Wallingford) 16
Oxford (Slade Park) 15
Vale of White Horse (Woodhill Lane, East Challow) 12
Salop Nil
Somerset Sedgemoor (Westonzoy Land) 8
*Sedgemoor (Farringdon Hill Lane) 10
Yeovil (Chubbards Cross, Ilton) 15
Yeovil (Chilworthy Donyatt) 5†
South Yorkshire Rotherham (North Anston) 15
Doncaster (Armthrope) 16
Sheffield (Tinsley Park) 15†
*Barnsley (Smithies Lane) 15†
Staffordshire Stoke-on-Trent (Linehouses) 20
*Newcastle-under-Lyme (Lyme Brook Valley) 15†
*South Staffordshire (Norton Road, Walsall) 10†
Suffolk Nil
Surrey Tandridge (Tupwood Lane, Caterham) 10†
Tandridge (Green Lane, Outwood) 49
Waverley (Alma Nursery, Farnham) 15†
Tyne and Wear Newcastle (Lemington) 10†
Gateshead (Abbey Road, Oakwelgate) 15†
Warwickshire Nil
West Midlands Birmingham (Castle Vale) 16
Sandwell (Brierley Lane, Coseley) 15
Wolverhampton (Showell Road) 15
*Dudley (Oak Lane) 15
*Walsall (Willenhall Lane) 15
*Solihull (Bickenhill) 15
West Sussex Chichester (Tangmere) 22
Mid Sussex (Walstead, Near Lindfield) 7
West Yorkshire Leeds (Cottingley Springs, Gelderd Road) 15
Bradford (Esholt Lane, Baildon) 16
Wakefield (Heath Common) 20†
Wiltshire Salisbury (Lodge Hill, Downton) 12
Thamesdown (Hay Lane, Wroughton) 30
Total (England): 125 sites (92 permanent, 33 temporary) with 1,987 pitches (1,459 permanent, 528 temporary).

County District Council (Name and/or Location of Site) Number of Pitches
Clwyd Nil
Dyfed Llanelli (Morfa) 32
South Pembrokeshire (Kingsmoor Common, Kilgetty) 15
Preseli (Under the Hills, Haverfordwest) 10
Preseli (Withybush, Haverfordwest) 10
Gwent Blaenau Gwent (Blaina) 15
*Torfaen (Upper Race, Pontypool) 20
Gwynedd Nil
Mid Glamorgan Nil
Powys Nil
South Glamorgan Cardiff (Rover Way) 21
West Glamorgan Nil
Total (Wales): 7 sites (7 permanent) with 123 pitches (123 permanent).
Grand Total: 132 sites (99 permanent, 33 temporary) with 2,110 pitches (1,582 permanent, 528 temporary).