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Illegal Encampment - Gamma Newsletter - 30th Nov 2017

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Traveller clampdown continues as greater eviction powers are granted for 10 new Walsall sites

Travellers injunctions have been slapped on 10 more hotspots to help remove illegal camps within 24 hours.The injunction is the same as those already granted which cover 14 sites across the borough and allows the authority to move encampments on within 24 hours as opposed to the four to five days it normally takes.
29th Nov 2017 - Express and Star.com

Traveller camp in Willenhall shut down within hours thanks to new powers

New powers to evict travellers from sites across Walsall were put into action for the first time – with an illegal encampment removed within hours. A number of caravans set up camp at the Wakes Ground car park in Willenhall on Thursday, which is one of 11 new sites covered by an injunction Walsall Council were given the power to use. Council leaders have said that the quick removal of the encampment shows that their ‘hard work has paid off’. The Wakes car park in Willenhall is one of 11 sites which have been added to the original 12 across the borough covered by injunctions handed out last year which give the council authorisation to evict travellers camped on the sites more quickly and save taxpayers money from expensive court proceedings, officer time the cost of clearing sites.
27th Nov 2017 - expressandstar.com

Illegal traveller encampment cleared from Telford sports centre

Telford & Wrekin Council have cleared a large illegal encampment including horses, caravans and vehicles from a Dawley Sports Centre. The collection of horses, five caravans and six vehicles arrived overnight at the Phoenix Sports Centre and reported to Telford & Wrekin Council on the morning of Friday 17 November. The Council’s Community Safety and Environmental Enforcement officers and West Mercia Police visited the site that morning and offered the travellers the the opportunity to move onto the Council’s Transit Site under the section 62 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1194.The transit site allows travellers to stay, for a fee that includes a deposit and weekly rent, for up to three months. This offer was turned down and a “Notice to Quit” the borough was served and they cleared the site shortly after 2pm.
20th Nov 2017 - shropshirelive.com

Illegal traveller camps in Folkestone have cost taxpayers "£22000 this year alone"

llegal traveller encampments have cost the Shepway taxpayer £22,000 this year, according to a councillor campaigning for a change in the law. Folkestone and surrounding others have witnessed dozens of unauthorised encampments in recent months. Now, a Shepway District councillor has called for the law to be strengthened allowing local authorities to remove unauthorised encampments more efficiently due to what he calls increasing “incursions” on council-owned land. According to Ukip councillor Damon Robinson, one traveller encampment on a playing field caused a £1,000 plus clean up bill
16th Nov 2017 - Kent Live

Boxer Tyson Fury"s fury over Milton village traveller play park "germs"

"Gypsy King" boxer Tyson Fury has waded in to a row after a parish council said a park needed to be "thoroughly cleaned" as traveller children who had used it were probably "unvaccinated". An email to residents in North Lodge Park in Milton, Cambridgeshire, told them to keep their own children away. The email said the advice came from a county council official, as the Cambridge News reported. It was "totally unacceptable... to say traveller kids have germs", Fury said. Milton Parish Council member David Burch sent the email to residents at the new development after a traveller family moved on to the site earlier this month.
10th Nov 2017 - BBC News

Shoppers terrorised by travellers who have invaded Arena Shopping Park

An illegal encampment of travellers has invaded a car park close to the Tesco store at the Arena shopping complex. Scores of caravans have set-up home in the ‘click and collect’ area of the car park, which is owned by Park Watch, not Tesco. Reports to the Telegraph suggested that some of the encampment had been ‘running amok’ in the store and one claimed that a customer was bitten by a dog from the encampment. Police confirmed they had received a report of a dog biting a customer's clothes at around 11pm last night. But a spokesperson for Tesco said: “We have not been made aware of any incidents in the store”. It is not the first time that travellers have set-up camp near to the Ricoh Arena . In December 2014, an encampment of travellers arrived on car park ‘C’ opposite the area
9th Nov 2017 - Coventry Telegraph

Warning to parents over "traveller germs" at children"s playground sparks outrage

Cambridge councillor David Burch told parents to keep children away until the play area had been 'thoroughly cleaned' because kids from traveller families are 'usually unvaccinated.' He sparked outrage after he advised the play area be taped off until cleaning had taken place - as families were simultaneously warned to keep their children away. The warning was contained in an email published in a resident group by Cambridge's Milton parish councillor David Burch, the Cambridge News reports. It was said to be needed after a single traveller family set up an illegal encampment in North Lodge Park (NLP), Milton, this month. Cllr Burch said a travellers' liaison officer had advised the play equipment would need to be "thoroughly" cleaned because travellers "do not normally have their children vaccinated."
9th Nov 2017 - Mirror.co.uk

Chelmsford travellers left behind human waste, nappies and custard and it cost £2000 to clean up

An illegal encampment in Chelmsford which saw human waste, raw pizza, nappies and custard left behind cost the tax-payer £2,000, it has been revealed. Chelmsford City councillor Christine Garrett, Conservative member for the Lawns ward, released the figure after concerned residents demanded to know how much the clean-up operation at Pollard's Green playing field in Springfield back in August actually cost.
8th Nov 2017 - Essex Live

Travellers to be blocked from popular site after residents get fed up with THIS

Travellers will not be able to gain access to land at King George V Stadium once a barrier has been erected. They have been ordered to leave by North East Lincolnshire Council officials. Travellers returned at the weekend to the field for the eighth time this year when six caravans and related cars parked on the council-owned field next to the stadium. North East Lincolnshire Council officials have served notices for them to leave the site within the next 24 hours.
3rd Nov 2017 - Grimsby Telegraph

Bromley council "aware" of traveller incursion on Richmal Crompton Fields

Bromley council says it is working to remove a traveller incursion that has arrived on a playing field. Caravans started arriving and parking up at Richmal Crompton Fields. Met Police were called to the scene. Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, executive councillor for environment said, “As soon as we become aware of any illegal encampment where the council is responsible for the land, robust action is always taken to end any encampment as quickly as possible. “We are working with the police in this regard, who have issued a section 61 notice at this site, which requires the travellers to leave.
1st Nov 2017 - Bromley Times

Illegal encampments next to new A5-M1 Link Road - again

Drivers using the new A5-M1 Link Road in Dunstable say they are “fed up” with seeing caravans parked illegally on the land next to the road. A Gazette reader contacted the paper to complain about the travellers. He said: “They have been there since Wednesday, it is getting ridiculous. There are always caravans parked along the side of the new road, the council do move them but then a week or so later they are back. Everyone is getting fed up with it, something needs to be done to permanently stop them from illegally parking there.” A spokesman for Central Bedfordshire Council said: “We are aware of the unauthorised encampment and are dealing with it through the legal channels.”
31st Oct 2017 - Dunstable Today