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In the news:- High Court injunction successfully moves on unauthorised encampments

High Court injunction successfully moves on unauthorised encampments
09 February 2018

Two unauthorised traveller encampments were moved on within 24 hours thanks to a High Court injunction successfully obtained by Basildon Council.

Basildon Council received reports of an incursion in the Harvey Road car park yesterday morning (Thursday 8 February). The occupiers of two caravans present at the site were informed by officers from the council that they were in breach of an injunction and warned to vacate or face committal proceedings. The travellers moved on from the car park yesterday evening, stopping briefly at the corner of Chester Hall Lane and Miles Gray Road before moving on again. It is not currently known where they have gone.

The injunction was obtained by the council in November last year preventing unauthorised encampments at specified industrial and park areas within the borough that had been targeted by travellers over the last couple of years.

On Wednesday (7 February) a separate group of travellers who attempted to pitch up in the car park of the Basildon Sporting Village quickly moved on after being reminded of the injunction by police.

Cllr Gavin Callaghan, Basildon Council’s Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, said: “We are committed to doing everything within our power to tackle unauthorised encampments which blight our borough and I’m delighted that on two separate occasions this week we have proved the value of the High Court injunction that our officers worked so hard to obtain.

“We recognise the negative effect these encampments can have on local residents, businesses and community groups. However, we always have to act proportionately and within the law, which is why we took the step to protect these particular areas which suffered so much from the impact of persistent encampments in the past. We are sending a clear message that we will not tolerate these breaches.”