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Traveller Update - Friday, 13 July

The Borough Council is doing everything within its power to remove traveller encampments as soon as legally possible.

A reassurance that immediate action is being taken in all cases comes after several unauthorised camps have set up on council-owned land recently.

The latest is situated by the children's playground at Wolstanton Marsh. An initial notice was served on Wednesday, 11 July and the Council was granted an eviction order by the magistrates' court this morning.

A copy of the order is being issued to the encampment at around midday today. The Council is returning this afternoon with officers from Staffordshire Police to enforce the order. The site will then be cleansed.

The Council recognises that the arrival of travellers causes unrest and tensions in communities – this happens across the country, not just in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

To organise an eviction a set procedure has to be followed, in accordance with the law. The Council is continuing to work quickly to serve initial notices – requiring travellers to leave a site – and securing the earliest court hearing date available, to apply for an eviction order, if the first contact is ignored. It also has to carry out welfare visits.

The Council and Staffordshire Police have also agreed a 10-point action plan to strengthen their working relationship when it comes to tackling unauthorised encampments in the borough.

Encampments on private land are the landowner’s responsibility to resolve.

Last updated 13 July 2018