THREE-YEAR BAN ON ILLEGAL ‘TRAVELLERS’ IN CROYDON

A three-year injunction protecting highways and green spaces across Croydon was granted in London’s High Court yesterday (Thursday).

The High Court order bans anyone from occupying land or disposing of waste on more than 200 of the borough’s parks, open spaces, council land and 12 highways.

The move follows Croydon winning a temporary injunction earlier this year.

Cllr Hamida Ali, cabinet member for safer Croydon & communities, said: “I am pleased the court has approved our three year order application.

“The judge was satisfied the temporary injunction, granted in July, had been effective and was being used in a proportionate way.

“This ongoing arrangement will continue to allow officers to react quickly to any future incidents and help all communities continue to enjoy valued facilities.”

The council initially used evidence of large-scale fly-tipping and the cost of clearing it, damage to gates and barriers and a high number of incidents to secure the interim injunction.

The interim injunction was enforced twice over three months, once being used to help move an illegal encampment of around 50 caravans from Purley Way playing fields.

The council highlighted the successful and appropriate use of the powers over the three month interim period to secure the three year order.

The granting of this order means Croydon council no longer have to attend court to obtain removal orders for each new encampment. High Court enforcement officers can be called upon in future to assist with moving people on from the protected sites.

Failure to comply with the order can result in imprisonment, fines or seizure of assets.

More information about the original injunction is available online including a witness statement on rubbish dumping “on an industrial scale.” (Source: Croydon council press release)

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