Illegal encampments

1. Overview

We have two legal campsites specifically for the Gypsy and Traveller community.

Setting up a camp on someone's land without their consent is unlawful.

If it's on our land

Occasionally there will be illegal encampments set up on land owned by us.

If this happens we'll visit each site and consider each case. By doing this we'll make sure we take into account things like:

  • Obstruction of the land needed for a specific purpose
  • Reasons why the travellers are on the land
  • Public health matters
  • Statutory nuisance
  • Human rights of both neighbours and the travellers
  • Welfare needs
  • Medical needs
  • Education needs of the travellers

Where there is no pressing reason for the encampment and/or they are causing problems they will be moved on as soon as possible using the legal procedure under powers available to us.

If it's on private land

If an encampment is set up on private land, it's the responsibility of private land owners to take lawful steps to request that they leave the property and to give them reasonable notice to do so.

If this doesn't work then land owners can take action for trespassing or seek eviction. It's also the land owner's responsibility to remove the rubbish left by the travellers and to secure the site after they leave.