Stray Travellers

Travellers take residence on Harrogate Stray

18 June 2018

A number of travellers have taken up residence on the middle-section of the Harrogate Stray (18 June 2018)

We have spoken to them this evening and they have said that they have intentions in being there for 3 or 4 days only.

Harrogate Borough Council have said that they intend to start eviction proceedings in the morning, a process that takes 5 days.




  1. This must be done straight away. If we let travellers stay on the stray, more will come next time and the stray will be ruined. It will also harm the reputation of Harrogate and people will not come as much. The council can not let this happen. 5 days? Move them in now. An alternative site for the few days they wish to stay out of town could be found.

    • 22nd May 2019. looks like they are here again and already started leaving rubbish propped up against trees . Littering penalties should be enforced immediately .
      The five day eviction process is a farce and waste of tax payers money . In my view , the local police should be all over them checking everything is legal and if not then they should be charged . Road tax – most etc etc . I also urge the council to look into placing signs at key entry points stating no camping or pitching on the Stray

  2. The stray will be ruined? It was dug up during WW2 and once it had a racecourse on it! I’m sure a couple of caravans aren’t going to ruin it! As for Harrogate’s reputation ….. reputation as what, being a welcoming multi cultural happy place to live with no homelessness, drug issues or problems of any kind?!! Rose tinted specs!

    • Wow this comment didn’t age well. Harrogate has the highest levels of people taking methodone in North Yorkshire

  3. Fine the thieving gypsies just as any hard working tax payer would be fined if they decided to create an unauthorized camp on the stray.

  4. @ Liz Ryan.
    Why don’t you offer to have them stay in your garden?
    You have made the most ridiculous and frankly thick comment I’ve r ad in a long time!!!

  5. Its a field. That now and again has a fair on it, from what i can see. Stop alienating the travellors and perhaps provide waste bins and they will move on quicker than you can blink. They are travellors after all. Put your pitchforks away.

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