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People Living in Vehicles in Bristol

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Information Only

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


To provide information about people living in vehicles acknowledging the growing challenges, our current responses and possible next steps.


That Cabinet:

1. Noted the current approach to Vehicle Dwellers in Bristol as set out in Appendix A ‘Vehicle Dwellers – The Bristol Model’ and the intentions set out therein, specifically:

a.      The intention to investigate the provision of additional meanwhile and permanent sites across the city, including a new service site with service provision, to improve the health of people living in vehicles, which can be offered as an alternative option to people on unauthorised sites.

b.      The intention of setting up of a Council officer’s Task and Finish group to further explore issues and options around vehicle dwelling in Bristol, with a view to reviewing the Bristol City Council’s Policy for Vehicle Dwelling Encampments on the Highway to explore inclusion of roadside parking, encampments, squatted sites and meanwhile sites.

c.       The intention to deliver a training session for all elected members about vehicle dwelling in Bristol. d. The intention to deliver a roundtable event to discuss the appendix document ‘Vehicle Dwellers – Report and Recommendations’ with key stakeholders.



Report author: Tom Gilchrist

Publication date: 05/03/2024

Date of decision: 05/03/2024

Decided at meeting: 05/03/2024 - Cabinet

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