New guidelines to tackle illegal traveller sites

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New guidelines have been issued to tackle illegal traveller sites.

The guidance from the Department of Communities and Local Government outlines the legal powers councils and landowners have to remove unauthorised traveller sites, protest camps and squatters from both public and private land, as well as tackling the mess caused by the sites.

Only last month travellers appeared in Shelf and left a mess after staying on Shelf Park for days.

Around 15 caravans and mobile homes were on the site with local residents asking for action from the council.

Powers that can be used include temporary stop notices to stop and remove unauthorised caravans, pre-emptive injunctions that protect vulnerable land in advance from unauthorised encampments and possession orders to remove trespassers from land.

The DCLG said the move is aimed at preventing another incident like Dale Farm, where a long-running legal battle was fought before bailiffs moved in to evict travellers from the site in Essex, with the clearance costing £7 million in total.