Communities

Hart District is made up of a number of distinct village and small town communities, of which Fleet is the largest. This page provides more information about the facilities and services we offer.

Community groups

There are a range of community groups that can be found across the district. Most of these are coordinated by the parish and town councils. To view any groups or events in your area, please visit our Hart parish councils page and select the relevant website for more information. 

Community services

Note for Hart District Council contact centre.

Gypsies and Travellers

Many of the unauthorised encampments within the area are by groups of people who follow a nomadic way of life travelling the country, stopping off for a time and then moving on. These individuals are often referred to as travellers. Travellers are protected from discrimination by the Race Relation Act 1976 and the Human Rights Act 1998, together with all groups who have a particular culture, language or values.

It is not illegal to roam and a person or persons cannot be prevented from roaming. When however an individual or group of individuals move onto a piece of property without first gaining the permission of the landowner, this becomes a matter of civil trespass between the landowner the individual(s) illegally camped on the land and it is the responsibility of the landowner to deal with the encampment. The council is not legally obliged to remove individuals or groups who are illegally camped on council land but do try to move all unauthorised encampments as quickly as possible.

The Private Sector Housing Team in Housing Services 01252 774420 will visit any unauthorised encampments initially to establish if further action is required.​

See also:

Gypsy & Travellers FAQs 

English as your second language

If you are having trouble understanding the services we provide or need help to translate any of the documents that we publish please contact us

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