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Travellers set up camp on Woodford Green despite council injunction banning them from the borough

PUBLISHED: 10:26 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:15 30 August 2018

Travellers set up on Woodford Green

Travellers set up on Woodford Green

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A passer-by spotted the Travellers earlier this morning.

Travellers set up on Woodford GreenTravellers set up on Woodford Green

A group of Travellers moved onto land at Woodford Green, despite the borough having an injunction which should stop them setting up camp.

Around 15-20 caravans were spotted on the popular dog walking site earlier this morning (Thursday, August 30) - however they were moved on by the police and landowners (the City of London Corporation) within a few hours.

In June this year the High Court has granted Redbridge Council an interim injunction to apply against travellers across the borough.

The interim injunction gives the council greater powers to evict those in illegal encampments.

Travellers set up on Woodford GreenTravellers set up on Woodford Green

The removal and clean up of such encampments cost the Redbridge tax payer £350,000 over the last two years.

The order is meant to protect parks, open spaces, school grounds and industrial estates in the borough ahead of fuller hearing at a later date.

The ruling also bans 100 named individuals, and persons unknown, from establishing unlawful sites in Redbridge.

Anyone breaching the interim injunction by refusing to move could be imprisoned, face a fine or have their belongings and/or property seized for contempt of court.

Travellers set up on Woodford GreenTravellers set up on Woodford Green

Over the last two years it has cost the council £350k to clear up and remove the 52 instances of illegal encampments.

Most of these encampments and costs occurred in the summer of 2017.

Some individual clean-up operations have cost the council up to £50K because of the flytipping of asbestos.

Without the injunction, current central government laws mean the council is unable to evict from illegal encampments without following lengthy protocols and procedures.

A City of London Corporation spokesperson said: “We are aware that a number of travellers set up a temporary camp on Woodford Green.

“Our team of staff on site responded quickly and worked closely in partnership with Redbridge Council, the Metropolitan Police and social services to move the travellers on.

“They left the site peacefully within a few hours.”

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