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Council secures high court injunction

Published on Tuesday, 19th March 2019

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has successfully obtained a court injunction forbidding named individuals and persons unknown from occupying land within its boundaries.

A total of 141 sites across Nuneaton and Bedworth formed part of the injunction application, which was granted this afternoon by Deputy Judge Timothy Straker QC at the High Court in London. This includes land subject to previous encampments and land at risk in the future. These sites are a mixture of Borough Council, County Council and privately owned land.

The Court has requested a detailed plan to go with the order. This is to be approved by the Judge tomorrow prior to the service of the order. The injunction strengthens the Council’s legal power when dealing with traveller incursions across the borough. Anyone breaching the order could be held in contempt of court and may be imprisoned, fined or have their assets seized. The order will be effective until a further hearing takes place when the court will consider making the order more permanent. This second hearing will allow those wishing to make representations to the court to do so.

The news follows other steps taken by the Borough Council to prevent traveller incursions, including strengthening access points at various sites with barriers and other physical measures.

Cllr John Beaumont, portfolio holder for Housing, Health and Communities said:  

“We are totally committed to protecting our green spaces and this injunction demonstrates our determination to use all legal measures at our disposal. Our officers have worked long and hard over many months to gather and prepare the evidence required by the court and I am delighted to see all of this hard work pay off.

“A big thank you goes out to our residents for their patience - the application has taken a long time to collate, but I am so pleased that we have succeeded in our endeavours.”

Cllr Julie Jackson, Leader of the Council said:

“This is a great achievement for the Council and will be welcomed by residents across the Borough.

“Unauthorised encampments can cause great distress to the local community, as well as costing the Council precious time and money. The injunction gives us more power to deal with this problem and the court decision is very much welcomed.”