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Cabinet approve plans to protect sites against traveller encampments

City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Recourses Panel has signed off plans to apply for an injunction against unauthorised traveller encampments on council owned land.

Cabinet approve plans to protect sites against traveller encampments
Unauthorised traveller encampments

Following the approval at yesterday's Cabinet meeting, the injunction application will be submitted to the High Court for consideration.

If approved by the High Court, the injunction will give the council the authorisation to evict travellers encamped on council sites more quickly and save taxpayers money being spent on expensive court proceedings and excessive clean up operations.

The city council has been gathering evidence to support its case to protect its green spaces and popular sites that have been affected by traveller encampments.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment, said: "We are aware of the issues caused as a result of unauthorised traveller encampments and how it affects local people.

"Without an injunction, our Public Protection team can only do so much. As it stands, the law can be very complicated, and it requires that we go through several stages before we get to the eviction of travellers. 

"We are hoping to gain an injunction across 60 sites across the city, meaning that these sites will be protected against the damage and disruption these encampments cause.

"The process of applying and hearing the case for an injunction could take several months. We hope the new powers will be in place by the end of the year."

  • released: Wednesday 23 May, 2018