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Injunction granted to protect green spaces against traveller encampments

City of Wolverhampton Council has been granted an injunction to protect the city's green spaces and other vulnerable sites against unauthorised traveller encampments at 60 sites across the city.

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Traveller encampments
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The injunction, obtained from Birmingham High Court on 2 October, will enable the City Council to evict travellers encamped on the protected sites more quickly and save taxpayers' money being spent on expensive court proceedings and excessive clean up operations.

Anyone illegally occupying any of the protected sites could be arrested and imprisoned, fined or have their assets seized.

The injunction restrains anyone from setting up encampments at the following sites:

  • Anchor Lane
  • Ashmore Park
  • B&Q Car Park Bilston
  • Barbors Fields
  • Barnhurst Lane Fields
  • Bath Street
  • Bee Lane
  • Blaydon Road
  • Broome Road, Wolverhampton
  • Bilston Urban Village
  • Central Baths Car Park
  • Compton Park
  • Dale Street
  • East Park
  • Faulkland Street Car Park, Wolverhampton
  • Field View Primary, Bilston
  • Fowlers Park
  • Gala Bingo, Bushbury
  • Garage Site, Beckett Street
  • Glashier Drive/Coxwell Avenue/Mammoth Drive
  • Goodyear Park site/Ranger Drive
  • Hallam Crescent
  • Land rear of 36 Inkerman Street and Grosvenor Street
  • Long Knowle Park
  • Lunt Road, Bilston
  • Market Square Pitt Street
  • Morrisons Car Park
  • Murdoch Road, Bilston
  • Nettlefolds Park
  • New Market, Snow Hill
  • New Road
  • North Green/East Green/South Green/West Green
  • Northwood Park Road School Site
  • Northycote Farm Country Park
  • Park Dale East and West
  • Park View Road
  • Patshull Park open space
  • Pendeford Business Park
  • Pinfold Street Car Park
  • Planetary Road Industrial Estate- including; Manfield Road, Strawberry Lane, Fernside Road
  • Qualcast Road
  • Racecourse Road
  • Railway Drive, Bilston
  • Rooker Avenue
  • Sidings Close
  • Sports Grounds, Prouds Lane
  • Springvale Avenue, Springvale Way, Bilston
  • Saint Peters Collegiate School
  • Steel Drive
  • Steel Park Way, Wolverhampton
  • Tettenhall Pool /Upper Green
  • The Broadlands (Moseley Park)
  • The Grapes Pool
  • The Science Park Car Park
  • Villiers School, Bilston
  • Wasteland on Wobaston Road
  • Watery Lane
  • West Park
  • Windsor Avenue Playing Fields
  • Woodhouse Fold

The council is also working with potential land owners to secure a transit site to enable travellers to have somewhere to stay when they visit the city.

The High Court granted the injunction to be in place for 3 years, with an order for a review hearing to take place in 12 months' time, to discuss the status of the transit site.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment at City of Wolverhampton Council said: "I'm delighted the High Court has granted the injunction to protect our most vulnerable spaces against traveller encampments. 

"Yesterday's ruling means all 60 sites listed are no go areas for unauthorised encampments.

"These encampments have caused a lot of disruption to our residents, especially over the past year. Now we have the injunction, the council will be able to speed up the frustrating delays we have experienced and remove anyone who pitches up on our protected sites more quickly.

"The injunction is something we have wanted in place for a very long time and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in making it happen."

The injunction will come into effect as soon as the appropriate steps have been taken by the council to publicise the outcome of today's hearing as ordered by the High Court.

To find out more about the injunction and the protected sites visit Traveller Injunction.

  • released: Wednesday 3 October, 2018