Unauthorised Traveller encampments
Advice on unauthorised traveller encampments
When Travellers move on to a piece of land they do not own, without the permission of the landowner, this is called an unauthorised encampment. This is a civil matter of trespass between the landowner and the Travellers, and it is the responsibility of the landowner to deal with the encampment.
Land that is privately owned by a company or individual, would need the landowner to obtain a Possession Order through the County Court or Magistrates Court through the use of a private solicitor or by using a bailiff service. There is no requirement for welfare enquiries for encampments on private land.
If the land is Council owned we may be able to apply for a Possession Order. We will need to show consideration for the housing, health, welfare and education needs of the Travellers. This usually requires an assessment visit to the encampment before any legal action can be taken.