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Gypsies and travellers

This page sets out how we work with the traveller community and deal with unauthorised encampments.

Authorised gypsy and traveller sites

We provide a managed traveller site at Roch Vale Caravan Park, Rochdale. Tenancies are granted by Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH).

Roch Vale Caravan Park details, including how to apply for a pitch

How to report an unauthorised gypsy and traveller encampment

If you've noticed a gypsy or traveller encampment you think might be unauthorised, whether this is on your land, private land, council land, or you're not sure, you should:

  1. In an emergency, call 999 and then
  2. Ring us to let us know about the encampment you wish to report:
    • Monday-Friday, 8.45am-4.45pm on 0300 303 8874
    • At all other times ring 0300 303 8875

What happens after you report an unauthorised traveller encampment?

We will:

  1. Visit the unauthorised encampment.
  2. Speak to the people making up the encampment and assess whether there are any health and welfare issues that we need to deal with.
  3. We will use the interim injunction or other powers to deal with the encampment.


0300 303 8874

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.

Strategic Housing Service
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU