Gypsy Travellers, or as per official term Gypsy/Travellers, are a recognised ethnic group. They consider the travelling lifestyle part of their ethnic identity and culture. It’s difficult to give an exact figure of how many live in Aberdeenshire. A study has suggested there are 100 to 200 Gypsy Travellers living in Aberdeenshire at any one time.
For many Gypsy Travellers their sole accommodation is a caravan. Some live in a house over winter and travel in their caravans the rest of the year. Some Gypsy Travellers live in housing. Not all individuals who identify as being Gypsy Travellers are actively travelling. This may be due to health problems, need for stability and accessing services such as education.
Find out more:
- Accommodation needs assessment
- Permanent sites
- Stopover sites
- Future sites
- Unauthorised encampments
- Contact Gypsy/Traveller Liaison Officer
Gypsy Travellers living on council or privately owned sites or living in council or privately owned housing pay Council Tax. We can’t charge Council Tax to Gypsy Travellers living on unauthorised encampments due to the lack of regulation.
Gypsy Travellers, like all members of the community, are entitled to have accommodation which meets their needs, culture and lifestyle. View accommodation needs assessment of Gypsy Travellers in Grampian carried out in 2017:
Gypsy Traveller sites are authorised places of residence which may be owned and managed by the council or privately. Residents on authorised Gypsy Travellers sites pay for their pitches. View current sites in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire area:
- Greenbanks, Banff - permanent, seasonal site
- Clinterty, Aberdeen - permanent site
- Aikey Brae, Maud - stopover site
Aikey Brae Gypsy Traveller site was opened in May 2018 and it consists of 10 pitches and a site office. Each pitch has an electric point and a portable toilet and residents have access to water. The maximum stay is for 2 weeks. However, this may be extended, for example, due to health reasons, in discussion with the Gypsy/Traveller Liaison Officer.
Each applicant is assessed on their own merits.
Please find out more about Aikey Brae site and how to apply:
The Gypsy/Traveller Liaison Officer is responsible for managing the site, processing bookings and providing support and assistance to residents.
The Gypsy/Traveller Liaison Officer working time on site is Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
There are 20 pitches on the site and each pitch has its own chalet. The chalet contains a kitchen area with units and plumbing for a washing machine, a toilet and a separate shower room.
The site is owned by the council and operates on a seasonal basis from April to September.
For tenancy applications, please contact the Gypsy/Traveller Liaison Officer.
There are transit pitches at Clinterty Travelling Persons’ site. The site is owned by Aberdeen City Council and is jointly managed with us.
For further information on Clinterty, please contact the Gypsy/Traveller Liaison Officer.
A stopover site is an authorised area of land with basic facilities which can be accessed by Gypsy Travellers on a temporary basis. These sites would only be used for a proportion of the year. Individual families would normally only stay on the site for a few days or weeks. Find out more about development and management of these sites in our Gypsy Travellers stopover sites development guidance (pdf 96KB).
We have a dedicated Gypsy/Traveller Liaison Officer, who, in addition to managing the Aikey Brae site, helps to provide support, information and advice to the Gypsy Travellers community by signposting them to various services such as education and health. You can also contact our officer if you have any queries about the Gypsy Traveller community.