Vehicle Dwelling Encampments

Closed 26 Aug 2018

Opened 29 Jun 2018

Feedback expected 5 Dec 2018

Results updated 25 Oct 2018



The council is formalising its approach to vehicle dwelling encampments on the highway. Vehicle dwelling is increasing significantly in Bristol. The council must balance the needs of those vehicle dwelling with those of the local community, and those needing to use the highway and adjacent facilities.

Our aim for those vehicle dwelling is to ensure a measured approach, demonstrating tolerance whilst also being willing to take action when issues reach an unacceptable level.

We are providing one main drop-in session at City Hall for anyone interested in the issues of people rough sleeping and people living in vehicles. It will be held on Wednesday 1 August 6.30pm-8pm

There will also be specific drop-in opportunities for those living in vehicles and for local residents to come and talk about the approach the council is proposing to take:

  • Romney House, Romney Ave, BS7 9TB: Wednesday July 4, 3.30-7.30pm.
  • St Anne’s Church, Saint Leonard's Road, BS5 6JN: Tuesday July 17, 3.30-7.30pm.
  • St Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Road, BS2 9TJ: Saturday July 21, 10.30-1pm

Why we are consulting

To find out people’s views on the proposed approach, whether it balances the needs of those living in vehicles with those of settled residents, whether the criteria for assessing the impact of an encampment are the right ones and to get feedback about some alternative options for managing encampments.

What happens next

The results will inform the final vehicle dwelling encampments on the highway policy which will be considered by the Cabinet later in the year. A report on the findings will also be made available on the council’s website.


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