a reply to: Kester
With the correct facility's they are actually essential but it depends on two thing's, the People whom use the site and there settled neighbours.
Some travellers are anti social where settled folk are concerned but it also has to be said that most settled folk are hostile to the idea of having
travellers as neighbours and it really is six of one and half a dozen of the other sometime's.
Crime rates usually go up at least in the short term when settlers set up temporary sites, I have no idea for the statistics of permanent site's
Interesting and I suppose I really don't have an opinion except that I like to take people on an individual basis so the good one's I would love as
neighbours while the bad one's (traveller or settled it does not matter) I would not want as neighbours.
There is the problem of Culture clash though but with them migrant crisis it has paled to insignificance, the travellers are mostly our own people
but they have unique culture that is not based on the same settled principles, they are essentially modern day nomad's.
There is a flip side, the traveller culture and traditions will be lost with the advent of more permanent settlements and sites since they will then
make the transition albeid slowly into becoming ordinary settled folk, there own culture will lose it's identity though of course it will linger in
these enclaves for a generation or three.
The other argument is that most travellers are not Gypsy's, most took it up as part of the new age movement's of the 70's and 80's but there are two
distinct and unique groups whom are mingled into them today.
Genuine Roma Gypsy's, not just immigrants from europe our own can trace there root's back century's.
Irish Travellers, mostly not Gypsy's but descended from the Irish Rover tradition, they are not a distinct people or culture but are descended from
ordinary irish but with a semi nomadic culture that goes back into the depth's of history, traditionally the rovers were the outcasts, criminal and
remnants of the defeated among the clans and tribes of ireland and they banded together into seperate band's or if you like Rover familys (clans) with
the (Attitude of) world against them and only one another to rely upon (meaning they will keep there word only among themselves), they have similarity
to the Gypsy's and some even call themselves Gypsy but they are not Gypsy and tend to be of Pure Irish descent.
British culture would be poorer without them but there is a great deal of animosity toward them and to be fair they have not done themselves any
favours over the years with the people whom they settled by and the bad reputation they have today.
Child protection, Education and health providance would be better for members of these if they are granted more site's but there are also downsides,
local crime rate rise, anti social behaviour and tensions with there new neighbours come to mind.
People are people and everyone has the right to live (Well by that you know I am not a Tory), whom really own's the land anyway?.