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Let us to stop Wandsworth traveller camps without court orders, urge councillors

by Community Editor » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:32 am

Plans to seek controversial legal powers to prevent unauthorised traveller camps were approved by Wandsworth councillors.

The council wants a borough-wide preventative injunction to allow unauthorised occupations to be brought to an end without a magistrates’ court order.

Preventive injunctions are in place in several other boroughs, although traveller groups have criticised their use for being disproportionately discriminatory towards travellers.

Councillors accused traveller camps of creating anti-social disturbances, littering, and large clean-up bills for taxpayers.

The last major incursion, on Tooting Common in 2013, left 134 cubic metres of waste and cost £25,000 to clean up.

In the past 24 months there have been only five unauthorised traveller camps in the borough.

Source: http://www.swlondoner.co.uk/let-us-to-s ... uncillors/

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