Christopher Ahern, chairman of North Muirton Community Council, Perthshire, said locals avoid sites when they are occupied. "The site we have a main problem with is by the side of a footpath," he said.
"When they're there, nobody goes on it. Nobody take their dogs for a walk along the river. The local youth football team tends to sort of move away because they're on part of the ground where they play football. I don't think they want to interact. I don't think either community wants to."
Despite this, attempts have been made to set up forums but none have been attended by Gypsy-Travellers.
James Brownhill, vice chairman of Nigg Community Council in Aberdeen, said: "As far as approaching and sitting down with them, that hasn't worked for us. I, personally, would be very apprehensive about going into an unauthorised Gypsy-Traveller encampment."
Sheila Chambers, vice chairman of Cockenzie and Port Seton Community Council, highlighted local feedback about mess left in unauthorised sites. "Speaking to a number of people in East Lothian, there are many who recognise and respect that Travellers have a different way of life, a different culture," she said. "There is a very strong feeling that the respect is not mutual."