Nomadic life is not illegal, and Travellers have a basic right to this way of life. The council recognises that this has to be balanced with the rights of the general public to enjoy private and public land.
Service update - Friday 2 October 2015
Waterhall playing fields - unauthorised encampment of Travellers and Gypsies: We have visited the site, with the police, and the families have been informed that they are trespassing on council-owned land and have been asked to leave. We are now seeking possession of this land, and will be applying to the County Court for a Possession Order so that we can carry out an eviction.
Wild Park and land at 19 Acres - unauthorised encampments: We obtained Possession Orders for both pieces of land in the County Court yesterday, and we are arranging for evictions to take place early next week.
Land at Black Rock, Madeira Drive: This encampment has now left, and we have arranged for our contractor to attend and clear the site of any rubbish and detritus.