North and South Tipperary Local Authorities are committed to meeting the housing needs of members of the Travelling Community throughout Tipperary. In order to achieve this objective, a new Joint Traveller Accommodation Programme for the period 2014 – 2018 is being developed. North and South Tipperary County Councils are to merge into Tipperary County Council by June 2014. The new authority will also include Nenagh, Templemore, Thurles, Tipperary, Carrick-on-Suir and Cashel Town Councils and Clonmel Borough Council.
The Annual Count of Traveller Families at November 30th 2012 identified 201 households in North Tipperary. Of this total, 106 families were in permanent accommodation provided by the Local Authority. 27 families were residing in Traveller specific accommodation and 16 families were living on unauthorised sites. In South Tipperary the Annual count showed 139 Traveler Households. 50 families were in permanent accommodation provided by the Local Authority. 24 families were residing in Traveller specific accommodation and 12 families were living on unauthorised sites.
The Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998 requires that each housing authority adopts a Traveller Accommodation Programme for its functional area. The Act also provided for Local Authorities to prepare Joint Programmes. The Traveller Accommodation Programme outlines the accommodation requirements of the Travelling community over a five year period from 2014 to 2018.
North and South Tipperary Local Authorities in preparing the programme for 2014 – 2018 undertook a consultation process with interested parties through fora such as the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committees, Traveller Interagency Committees, and Housing Strategic Policy Committees. The views of Members of the Council and relevant bodies such as Statutory Agencies, Borough/Town Councils, adjoining Local Authorities, and interested community, voluntary and non-profit bodies were also considered. By way of advertisements in the local press, written submissions were sought from members of the public and any other groups that might wish to make a contribution towards the preparation of the programme.