Success! Injunction granted to protect green spaces against traveller encampments

Success! Injunction granted to protect green spaces against traveller encampments

City of Wolverhampton Council has been granted an injunction to protect the city’s green spaces and other vulnerable sites against unauthorised traveller encampments at 60 sites across the city.

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The injunction, obtained from Birmingham High Court on October 2, will enable the City Council to evict travellers encamped on the protected sites more quickly and save taxpayers’ money being spent on expensive court proceedings and excessive clean-up operations.

Anyone illegally occupying any of the protected sites could be arrested and imprisoned, fined or have their assets seized.
The injunction restrains anyone from setting up encampments at the following sites:
Anchor Lane
Ashmore Park
B&Q Car Park Bilston
Barbors Fields
Barnhurst Lane Fields
Bath Street
Bee Lane
Blaydon Road
Broome Road, Wolverhampton
Bilston Urban Village
Central Baths Car Park
Compton Park
Dale Street
East Park
Faulkland Street Car Park, Wolverhampton
Field View Primary, Bilston
Fowlers Park
Gala Bingo, Bushbury
Garage Site, Beckett Street
Glashier Drive/Coxwell Avenue/Mammoth Drive
Goodyear Park site/Ranger Drive
Hallam Crescent
Land rear of 36 Inkerman Street and Grosvenor Street
Long Knowle Park
Lunt Road, Bilston
Market Square Pitt Street
Morrisons Car Park
Murdoch Road, Bilston
Nettlefolds Park
New Market, Snow Hill
New Road
North Green/East Green/South Green/West Green
Northwood Park Road School Site
Northycote Farm Country Park
Park Dale East & West
Park View Road
Patshull Park open space
Pendeford Business Park
Pinfold Street Car Park
Planetary Road Industrial Estate- including; Manfield Road, Strawberry Lane, Fernside Road
Qualcast Road
Racecourse Road
Railway Drive, Bilston
Rooker Avenue
Sidings Close
Sports Grounds, Prouds Lane
Springvale Avenue, Springvale Way Bilston
Saint Peters Collegiate School
Steel Drive
Steel Park Way, Wolverhampton
Tettenhall Pool /Upper Green
The Broadlands (Moseley Park)
The Grapes Pool
The Science Park Car Park
Villiers School, Bilston
Wasteland on Wobaston Road
Watery Lane
West Park
Windsor Avenue Playing Fields
Woodhouse Fold

The council is also working with potential land owners to secure a transit site to enable travellers to have somewhere to stay when they visit the city.

The High Court granted the injunction to be in place for three years, with an order for a review hearing to take place in twelve months’ time, to discuss the status of the transit site.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment at City of Wolverhampton Council said: “I’m delighted the High Court has granted the injunction to protect our most vulnerable spaces against traveller encampments.

“Yesterday’s ruling means all 60 sites listed are no-go areas for unauthorised encampments.

“These encampments have caused a lot of disruption to our residents, especially over the past year. Now we have the injunction, the council will be able to speed up the frustrating delays we have experienced and remove anyone who pitches up on our protected sites more quickly.

“The injunction is something we have wanted in place for a very long time and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in making it happen.”

The injunction will come into effect as soon as the appropriate steps have been taken by the council to publicise the outcome of today’s hearing as ordered by the High Court.

To find out more about the injunction and the protected sites visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/travellerinjunction