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“I feel we have been left out of everything”

In 2014 London Gypsies and Travellers invited members of the community to have their say about the Government’s housing plans, now the Housing and Planning Act 2016. Marian Mahoney from Tower Hamlets says she feels excluded from housing policy.

Jean’s son David lifts up his cousin Richard who has Richard who has fallen over in the grass, as his sister Viviana walks by and Aunt Bernadette stands in the doorway of her trailers. The patch of land in Middlesborough was unoccupied and the families were aboe to stay for two weeks. It is now five years since the Travellers eviction and Basildon council are redeveloping the land that they had said was ‘protected greenbelt’.  Jean and her family have yet to find a permanent legal site where they might be permanently allowed to stay.

Video: speaking out against planning changes

Gypsies and travellers give their response to government plans.