Gypsy and traveller sites

What is a gypsy and travellers site?

We manage Barnsley Council’s traveller site at Smithies Lane, Smithies, Barnsley, S71 1NL. The site has recently undergone a full redevelopment and refurbishment and has 30 permanent pitches, which are all fully serviced with water, drainage and electricity.

The pitches are rented by travellers with their own caravan units.

We get very few vacancies on the pitches but we do run a waiting list for travellers wanting to rent a pitch.

Can anyone use the site?

Anyone who is a Gypsy Traveller can apply to join the traveller’s site waiting list. However, there are certain circumstances where we may not agree to you joining the list.

These are:
1. You do not fulfill the UK residency criteria.
2. You or a member of your household has conducted unreasonable behaviour. This includes antisocial behaviour, harassment, violence to staff, rent arrears and/or debts.
3. You are under 16.

How do I apply to use the site?

Application forms are available from:

How long will I have to wait before I hear anything after I've applied?

We will tell you in 20 working days if you can join the list and what priority you have. If you do not agree with our decision, you can appeal.

For further details on how to appeal please see the appeals page.

We cannot guarantee how long you will be waiting for a plot as we have a limited number of pitches that do not come empty very often.

You can contact the traveller’s site warden direct either by phone on 01226 771260 or at the site between 9am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

How do you make a decision on who can gets the next plot?

This is purely on date order when we receive your application to join the waiting list. However, statutory requirements may supersede this policy, for example we will give priority to statutory homeless families.

What can I do to help my application?

If you want to join the traveller’s site waiting list you will need to fill in an application form. We will need to check you identity so please make sure that you provide proof of identity as early as possible.