Gypsies and Travellers are ethnic groups with their own culture, language and values and are protected from discrimination by the Equality Act .
Council managed / maintained land:
Land managed/maintained by private owners:
When Travellers camp on land, they cannot be evicted straight away.
If they are on Council owned land, the Council has to first apply for a Court Order. If the land is private, the owner will need to apply for an eviction order under Civil Procedure Rules 1998. There must be at least two clear days between the serving of documents and the court hearing.
In certain cases, the police have powers to remove Travellers from land.