Court of Appeal decision statement

Published Tuesday, 21 January 2020

The council notes today’s Court of Appeal decision not to grant an illegal encampment injunction following an appeal hearing in December.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said, “The council was granted an Interim Injunction by the High Court, which prevented unauthorised encampments in August 2018 to prevent the environmental harm and associated costs of repairing the damage which has previously occurred.  Whilst a longer term injunction has not been granted, land owners and local authorities continue to have a range of options to stop unauthorised encampments.” 

Councillor Lymer continued, “Nobody is above the law - there should be no doubt that the council will continue to protect all its parks and greenspaces using the range of legal measures available to it.  The injunction prohibiting the depositing of waste remains in place.  We note the court’s decision and will need to take time to reflect on the implications of the judgement in the coming days.” 

There are no plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.


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