The council has established procedures that must be followed in the event of an illegal encampment by travellers or any other group. It is important to note that the process is only applicable to illegal encampments on council owned land. The process has been based on best practice and the requirement to follow due legal process taking into consideration the requirements of any group setting up an illegal encampment and the impact on the local community.
When the council is made aware of an illegal encampment on council owned land the following process must be followed:
- Stage 1: Welfare Site Assessment
- Stage 2: Direction to Leave
- Stage 3: Summons to Court
- Stage 4: Order to Evict
- Stage 5: Eviction
The process is applicable to illegal encampments on the specific site the group occupy, if the group moves off the site and sets up a further illegal encampment on another site that is public owned land, at any stage of the process, the council is required to start again with a Welfare Assessment and the subsequent stages of the process.