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Equal Opportunities Committee

The Equal Opportunities Committee continued to take evidence on where Gypsy/Travellers live on 10 January 2013.

James Brownhill from the Nigg Community Council in Aberdeen said there was "no single solution" to issues surrounding locating gypsy/travellers as there was such a diverse range of needs and expectations, whether it be permanent housing, permanent sites of temporary halting sites.

Mr Brownhill said this should be discussed between Scottish government, councils, gypsy traveller communities and settled communities to come up with the best solution.

Sheila Chambers from Cockenzie and Port Seton Community Council said that "given the diversity of the different areas of Scotland it would be impossible to have the same interpretation of Scottish government guidelines in each area" and "to make a blanket ruling for all and expect it to be interpreted in a similar manner is unrealistic".

MSPs also took evidence from Christopher Ahern from North Muirton Community Council, Ken Johnstone from Girvan Community Council and Betty Rhodick from Lochgilphead Community Council.


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