Published: 27th Sep 2018

‘Negotiated stopping’ is an innovative policy which has seen Leeds City Council negotiate with Gypsies and Travellers to allow them to stay on a piece of land for a period of time if they agree to certain conditions around behaviour, health and safety and waste. If they come to an agreement, the council will ask for no financial charge and even provide toilets and waste disposable facilities. The council also directs Gypsies and Travellers away from contentious public spaces such as parks onto more appropriate council land in return for a longer stay. There are several sites across Leeds which are used, with no one site being used more than once in a calendar year. It’s estimated to have saved Leeds City Council around £250,000 a year on clean up, policing and litigation costs and has salvaged relations between the council, its residents and the Gypsy and Traveller community, as … (To read the full article, subscribe below)