Crackdown On Illegal Encampments

10/03/2019

The Government has announced plans to change the law to help crackdown on illegal traveller encampments.

At the moment such encampments are a "civil" legal matter. It is intended to change this to a criminal offence so that the police have powers to take action.

In the recent past locally, there have been illegal traveller encampments at Worplesdon Road and Pitch Place, Worplesdon; on the Green at Wood Street Village (both areas on land under the management of Worplesdon Parish Council; on The Green at Pirbright (Pirbright Parish Council); off Hunts Hill Road (Normandy Parish Council) and at Broad Street Common between Wood Street Village and Fairlands (Surrey County Council), as well as others across Guildford.

In the Broad Street Common example it cost Surrey County Council over £10,000 (from YOUR Council Tax!) in clearup and security costs, plus legal costs and having to look after the travellers "human rights". The mess left was disgusting and needed specialist contractors to remove the human excrement. So a change in the law to move on such encampments quicker can't happen too soon.