Published: Friday, 9th August 2019

Following the recent spate of unauthorized traveller encampments in and around Warwick, we are investigating the possible use of an injunction to prevent further incursions on publicly owned land.

In the past two years Warwick District Council has invested almost £200,000 to improve the security of car parks and open spaces across the district and between February and June this year there were no unauthorised encampments.

However, in July there were three incidents, two on Myton Fields and one on Saltisford Common. For both of the Myton Fields encampments the Council obtained and served Court Orders, which involved daily visits to the sites to coordinate the legal paper-work. For the smaller encampment at Myton Fields the Council had to use bailiffs and a tow truck. This month a Notice to Leave has already been served on Travellers at further encampment at Saltisford Common.

There have also been a number of unauthorised encampments on private land including Myton School, Chase Meadow (owned by Taylor Wimpey) and Warwick Gates (owned by David Wilson Homes).

In response to concerns raised by the local community, Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing Services, Councillor Jan Matecki commented;

“In addition to the improved security measures, we are continuing to work with gypsy and traveller communities as well as the Police, Warwickshire County Council, residents, town and parish councils to investigate a permanent travellers’ site which will help alleviate the impact on the local community from unauthorised encampments. We are also investigating applying for an injunction from the High Court banning the setting up of unauthorised encampments on sections of public land in our district, as the process for recovering Council owned land is much slower than for land that is privately owned. In the meantime, the Council’s Neighbourhood Services Rangers are picking up local intelligence on possible incursions to make sure our sites are as locked down and secure as possible.”

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