Birmingham City Council has won two High Court injunctions preventing traveller encampments for two years on four public spaces in Birmingham, including 3 in the south west of the city.
The injunctions were granted yesterday (Monday 17th July) at Birmingham High Court by by the Honourable Mr Justice Morris and will stay in force until July 2019.
Under mounting pressure to deal with repeated incursions into public parks across the city, this is the first time the council has used injunctions to prevent unauthorised encampments on council-owned land. The council’s Environmental Health department applied for the injunctions after recent encampments where residents complained of anti-social behaviour and the council were left with hefty bills to clean up the resulting fly-tipping.
What the injunctions mean
The injunctions ban households from setting up, joining or being a part of encampments any of four named sites across Birmingham:
- Hazelwell Park in Stirchley
- Perry Park and Alexander Stadium
- Selly Oak Park
- Selly Park recreation ground
Anyone who breaches the orders:
- may be arrested
- will be guilty of contempt of court
- may be fined, have their assets seized or face imprisonment.
Injunctions for further sites?
Mark Croxford, Head of Environmental Health at Birmingham City Council, said: “We have succeeded in getting two High Court injunctions which ban any encampments from moving onto four of the city’s parks and recreation grounds for two years, until July 2019.
“This is a new tool for us to use to prevent anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping associated with unauthorised encampments. We will monitor the impact this has on the four sites and may look at taking similar action on other locations affected by repeat incursions.”