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City Council applies to High Court for injunction against traveller encampments

City of Wolverhampton Council has attended Birmingham High Court to apply for an injunction against unauthorised traveller encampments on council owned land.

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Traveller encampments

Following the approval at the council's Cabinet meeting on 22 May, the injunction application was submitted on Friday 29 June 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 have taken the first step to get legal proceedings underway and we will be making it our priority to keep our residents updated throughout the process.

"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 City of Wolverhampton has been affected by 3 separate traveller incursions the past week alone, with one still remaining at Heath Town Park.

  • released: Monday 2 July, 2018