Unauthorised camping with caravans has been part of their way of life for centuries and an expression of their cultural identity
Working with our partners, we have well-tested ways of managing these encampments. We do this with due consideration of everyone in the encampment and the rest of the community.
We ensure that the Human Rights Act, Equality Act, and other related legislation are complied with. We also make enquiries about the general health and welfare of the group and children's education.
We recognise that these rights need to be balanced with the rights of other residents and visitors to the district to enjoy our open spaces.
We ensure that if unauthorised encampments are set up, they are managed quickly and efficiently to meet the needs of:
In such cases, we make an assessment of the needs of those in the encampment and agree with them a reasonable time when they will move on. In all cases the site is visited and every effort made to make sure that the site is being kept tidy and there are no public health problems. This sometimes means that refuse collection facilities may be provided.
If during the course of their stay, they cause a nuisance or damage the environment, we would take formal action to remove the encampment.
Reporting an unauthorised encampment
We work very closely with the police to manage unauthorised encampments. If you need to report an unauthorised encampment, please do the following:
You will need to
Log into your MyAccount (or create an account if you don't already have one) to complete the form. MyAccount is an easier and quicker way to interact with us and is available 24/7.
Removing an encampment
If there is an encampment on our land we can take action. If it is on private land the landowner has the responsibility to take action.
The government has advised that when unauthorised encampments are not causing a problem, the site may be tolerated.
Before we can remove an encampment we must:
This process may take a while and we have to obtain a court hearing date.
The court can refuse to grant us an order to move the unauthorised encampment on if there is an unavoidable reason to allow them to stay, or if the court believes that we have failed to make adequate enquiries regarding the general health and welfare of those of those in the encampment.
The landowner can:
If the landowner is in breach of any planning or licence requirements, then we will take proceedings against the landowner to remove the illegal encampment.