Travellers: Caravan Sites:Written question - 8490

Q
Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 04 September 2015
Department for Communities and Local Government
Travellers: Caravan Sites
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made since May 2015 of the potential merits of granting new powers to police forces and local authorities to tackle Traveller incursions on public and private land.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 14 September 2015

Local authorities and the police have a range of strong powers that enable them to take action against unauthorised encampments and development. A summary of those powers were sent to all Council Leaders, Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Police Constables in March.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/418139/150326_Dealing_with_illegal_and_unauthorised_encampments_-_final.pdf

We are open to suggestions for how enforcement could be strengthened and keep this issue under review.

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