Council obtains injunction to evict travellers

Last updated: 25/08/2017 17:19:23

news Walsall Council has successfully obtained an injunction to evict the unauthorised encampment from Oak Park Active Living Centre.

Cllr Sean Coughlan, Leader of Walsall Council, said: "With support from the Police and bailiffs we will use our best endeavours to complete this eviction by this evening (Friday 25 August).

“I have every sympathy with residents’ frustration about travellers causing disruption in the local area. Instead of turning a blind eye to the problem, we’re actively working to achieve a longer term solution to this issue whilst operating within the realms of the law.  

“Contrary to what Eddie Hughes has claimed, Walsall does have a borough-wide injunction in place, in that certain families from the traveller community are prohibited to carry out anti-social behaviour anywhere in the borough and certain families are forbidden to enter 12 specified sites with a view to setting up an unauthorised encampment.  The Order is binding on anyone who has notice of it.

“Last year, we were one of the first local authorities to secure injunctions on 12 sites across Walsall and this latest injunction will deter future incursions at Oak Park.  The Council has, whenever necessary, made urgent applications to the Court to remove those unlawfully encamped on its land.  

“Unfortunately, we can’t obtain injunctions at the drop of a hat. Courts won’t award injunctions lightly, in fact they’re hard won. They’re complex and a tremendous amount of legal detail and work goes into obtaining them. 

"Nevertheless the Council will not shrink from seeking Orders whenever appropriate.

"This is a time for all of us to work together to remedy a national problem that includes the Government and MPs should refrain from political point scoring."