Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Council Wants to Ban Travellers' Camps

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Council Wants to Ban Travellers' Camps

Article excerpt

A COUNCIL has applied for a High Court injunction banning travellers from setting up illegal camps across an entire borough.

Town hall chiefs in Rochdale say the unusual move is required because their existing powers are 'being undermined and are ineffective'.

If approved, anyone found breaching the injunction could be locked up, fined or have their assets seized.

Rochdale is the first council in Greater Manchester to attempt to take such action. Over the last three years, 132 unauthorised camps have been set up in the borough.

In its application, which names 89 travellers who have previously been moved on from camps in Rochdale, the council says it has 'experienced significant and prolonged issues associated with the unauthorised encampments, including fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour and threats of violence to members of the local community'. …

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