Wicklow County Council is responsible for the housing needs of the travelling community within its functional area and included in the Traveller Accommodation Programme.
The Council continues with the provision of traveller accommodation with the completion of a six-unit group housing scheme at Kilcoole, a halting bay site at Vale Road, Arklow, and a four-unit group housing scheme at Rathnew. Refurbishment of the existing six bay halting site at Ballinteskin, Wicklow has also taken place.
It is proposed to redevelop and refurbish the existing 5 bay Silverbridge Halting site in Bray with a view to improving the living accommodation and facilities on site. This will be subject to the relevant funding being available from the Department of the Environment Heritage and Local Government.
The Traveller Accommodation Plan 2005 – 2008 was adopted. This was carried out by the Traveller Accommodation Committee and the Council in conjunction with the Committee continued to implement the objectives of the Plan. The Committee is chaired by Councillor John McManus and the current members are drawn from the four Local Authorities, Wicklow County Council, Bray, Arklow and Wicklow Town Council both officials and elected representatives), Representatives from the Bray and Wicklow Travellers Development Network.