More pitches please: make sure the Mayor knows exactly how many pitches London needs

We know from previous STAG surveys that Gypsy & Traveller sites in Southwark are overcrowded and lots of people are living in bricks & mortar accommodation or on sites outside the borough, when they need a pitch in Southwark, close to their family and friends.

The Mayor of London is leading a new survey to understand the accommodation needs of Gypsy, Traveller, Showpeople and Roma people across London. It’s really important as many Gypsies, Roma, Showpeople and Travellers with a connection to London complete the survey to show the true need for different types of homes for our communities in the next 10 years. If we can prove there’s a need, new sites, stopping places and better homes can be provided for the generations to come.

The survey is being done by an independent organisation, called RRR Consultancy, who will ensure that all responses are confidential.

The researchers will be visiting sites, yards and stopping places across London to do face to face interviews until December.

Gypsies and Travellers who live in bricks and mortar housing can fill in this online survey by 23rd of December

For members of Roma communities, there is a different online survey, which can be filled in here

STAG is going to be supporting as many Gypsies, Roma, Showpeople and Travellers as possible in Southwark, and beyond, to complete the survey. If you live on a site, we will be arranging visits over the next couple of months. But you can also ring (0207358 6818) or e-mail us to arrange an appointment in our office or a visit to your home to help you complete the survey. And if you live in bricks and mortar, we know not everyone’s happy with online surveys, so let us know and we can help you go through it either on the telephone or in person.

Initially STAG staff will be at:

Ilderton Road site 25th October 2-4pm

Brideale Close site 1st November 11am onwards

Burnhill Close site 8th November 11am onwards.

We’re happy to arrange more visits over November and December, to try and get as many people as possible involved, so we have a true picture of Gypsy, Roma, Showpeople and Traveller accommodation needs. Please get in touch and we’’ll do our best to arrange a time that’s good for you.