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‘No travellers’ rule at caravan site removed

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A RACIALLY discriminatory ‘no travellers’ rule from a caravan park in Dumfries and Galloway has been scraped – thanks to a young activist.

The rule which was published on the website of Kings Green Caravan Park in Port William, Galloway and on leaflets at the site said ‘no trading/traders or travellers allowed on site.’ 

The rule was reported to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) by David Donaldson, a young Scottish gypsy/ traveller activist in December 2018. 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) contacted the site owners, Port William Community Association, requiring them to remove the ‘no traveller”’ rule from the terms and conditions and leaflets as it contravenes Equality Act 2010.

David Donaldson who reported it to the EHRC said: “I am very happy to hear that the ‘no travellers’ rule has been removed. To be told that you are not welcome based solely on your ethnicity is a horrible feeling, but sadly one that travellers and gypsies know all too well.

“As a young Traveller growing up in Scotland my family and I have been barred from entering caravan sites on many occasions.

“This only increases the inequalities we face and make it harder for us to access services when on the road.

“This behaviour is discrimination based on racism and stereotype, we need to see it change and I’m delighted to see the commission working with my community to do this. For all those out there who have seen discriminatory signs or policies like this one, I would urge you to take action and help end the ‘last acceptable racism’ my community face.”

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