Seems the Swiss also have the problem:
A group of nomadic Jenish people hit the headlines in late April when they arrived in the capital Bern, and set up camp to protest the lack of places made available to them. Switzerland’s “most attractive town”, for example, has “no interest” in respecting their rights. […]
Tricky, a real NIMBY situation.
We have these people up the road. So far, not an issue for me but they’re still there. Next door, the factory was broken into and much stolen but it turned out to be an inside job and the perpetrators found some rough justice it seems.
The objection is part aesthetic, is it not? Take a local football reserve, let’s say they set up camp there, clothes lines hung out etc. – should they be allowed? Seems to me it’s not so much an ethnic issue and the reason I say that is that I’ve spoken to mooring masters on the canal who have rules about anyone – Brit, anyone – staying long term onboard and starting to set up tents on the grass, having washing lines of smalls etc., right where the clubhouse is.
It’s significant that the mooring masters don’t mind what they do further downriver out of sight. Should there be a Pikey Park then in various locales across the country? If public space is made over and no facilities, what would happen? By the way, my clothes line runs down the centre of the boat inside, so that I don’t uglify the area.