This study finds that:
- In the three sites studied, all of which appeared to be well run, the problems experienced by site neighbours were far less than they had anticipated.
- Many neighbours' fears had been based on previous experiences of illegal or unauthorised encampments; they tended to have had greater experience of
these than of official sites.
- Most domestic householders had no specific complaints and many acknowledged that their previous opposition had proved groundless.
- Primary schools in the areas concerned had been able to cope with the arrival of traveller children.
- Police authorities acknowledged the contribution of the sites to meeting travellers' needs and reported no noticeable increase in crime in the vicinity of sites.
- well-run official sites have nothing like the disadvantages for neighbours which many anticipate before their creation.