Application by the council to extend an interim injunction preventing the occupation of the council’s open spaces

Published Friday, 17 May 2019

The High Court today heard an application by the council to extend an interim injunction order preventing the occupation of the council’s open spaces.

The council’s application was partially successful in that the injunction was extended to prevent unlawful deposit of waste, however, the requirement restraining the occupation of the council’s open spaces by caravans was discharged.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said, “We will always look to exercise all our legal powers when taking action to stop illegal encampments and no one should be in any doubt that this will continue.  We will carefully examine the full legal judgement, including the possibility of appealing this decision but clearly we are disappointed that the court has not chosen to fully extend the interim injunction order following our previous successful interim application. Residents will understand that it is not only the associated flytipping of illegal encampments that is of concern to the council but the damage to greenspaces and the environment as well.  It is also the incidences of criminal damage that often accompany such encampments, with broken gates, locks and fence posts also being a feature of such activities, with all these costs and valuable policing time ultimately being borne by the residents and taxpayers.”

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