MASCG Response to Inaccurate Social Media Posts about Temporary Stopping Places
The Appleby Fair Multi Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group (MASCG) works throughout the year with local Parish Councils and landowners to agree places where restrictions apply for temporary stopping for Gypsies and Travellers who are travelling through the District on their way to Appleby Fair. The locations of the tolerated stopping places are published every year on the MASCG website along with advice not to arrive too soon for the Fair. This advice has helped to reduce the number of early arrivals in recent years.
Inaccurate Reference is being made on Social media to how MASCG deals with Gypsy and Traveller encampments and the advice provided about Powis Lane A66 to Long Marton for this year’s Fair. Nowhere does it state on the MASCG website that Gypsy and Traveller encampments will be immediately removed. MASCG has a well-established encampment protocol for dealing with unauthorised encampments. The need for regulatory control of these sites is kept under review and if a site is considered to be unacceptable, appropriate action is taken.
MASCG is committed to improving the safety of Appleby Fair and every year carries out a public feedback and evaluation process and encourages those with concerns to address them by completing the form on the website or by attending the public meeting.