The encampment of Irish Travellers on Holbeck Moor last month once again generated considerable debate about the presence of Travellers and Gypsies in the lives of the south Leeds communities. We here explore the history, background, current set-up, and potential ways forward on this controversial subject. The communities now understood
Leeds City Council has moved reduce the need for unlawful Traveller encampments by establishing a small site at Kidacre Street, near to Crown Point Shopping Centre in Hunslet. It is understood that this is a temporary measure whilst the existing permanent site at Cottingley Springs on Gelderd Road is expanded.
Police are holding another public meeting to discuss work on building the new Holbeck Division Police HQ off Elland Road. Council bosses are to press ahead with controversial proposals to extend Leeds’s Cottingley Springs gipsy and travellers site amid fears they could be creating a ‘ghetto’, reports the YEP. The paper