New homes for Gypsy and Traveller families in Leeds

Leeds City Council have put an end to a cycle of encampment and eviction for eight Gypsy and Traveller families by providing them with a home at Kidacre Park, Hunslet.

The site was developed with funding from Council Commuted Sums and Homes England and is the first development of Gypsy and Traveller provision in over 20 years.

Kidacre Park, given its name by the families that now call it home, is Leeds’ second dedicated traveller site. The other site is Cottingley Springs in Gildersome which was opened 49 years ago.

The construction of Kidacre Park, which was built on a disused former council depot, began in late 2017, and the residents moved in on December 3rd 2018.

Each family plot contains a pre constructed living pod which consists of a kitchen, bathroom and dining area with one of the living pods being specially adapted for disabled tenants.

The development at Kidacre Park shows the council’s commitment to help meet the needs of Gypsy and Travellers and reduce road side and unauthorised encampments.

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