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Proposal will make it easier to evict travellers in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: MOVED ON Travellers in Tay Street, Burnley MOVED ON Travellers in Tay Street, Burnley

PLANS to make it easier for town halls to evict travellers from temporary encampments have been broadly welcomed in East Lancashire.

Several fly-by-night camps have been established in Burnley, Hyndburn and Rossendale over the past 12 months including land at Towneley Park, Futures Park in Bacup and Arden Hall, Accrington.

And council bosses have been left counting the cost of cleaning up when the caravans and motor homes are moved on.

But now Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is proposing that ‘stop notices’ be introduced which would allow local authorities to take swift action.

Currently landowners have to apply to the county court for an eviction notice and the problem has become so prevalent in Burnley that town hall legal officials have secured a boroughwide prohibition for council-owned land.

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle was outraged at the bill the council was left with after the last camp at Tay Street, in the south west of the town, was evicted and has backed the new measures.

“I welcome anything which would help us to deal with this issue,” said Mr Birtwistle.

“The council is now in a better position but if it is a private landowner then they still have to go to court.

“Then the council is left to pay when the eviction happens and there are more useful things we could be spending our council tax on.”

The government moves comes in the wake of the Dale Farm fiasco in Essex when it took months to disband a longstanding camp.

Mr Pickles said: “We are giving councils new powers to issue ‘temporary stop notices’ to stop unauthorised traveller and caravan developments in their tracks and prevent long-drawn out cases like Dale Farm ever happening.

“Councils will be able to stop unauthorised sites as they happen, backed up with unlimited fines.”

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10:53am Wed 10 Oct 12

tntoast says...

its about time but totally unfair for the private land lord
its about time but totally unfair for the private land lord tntoast
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11:17am Wed 10 Oct 12

midas says...

The powers are already there, its just a case of using them!!
The powers are already there, its just a case of using them!! midas
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11:23am Wed 10 Oct 12

DirtyHarry says...

midas wrote:
The powers are already there, its just a case of using them!!
Why are they frightened of using them?
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: The powers are already there, its just a case of using them!![/p][/quote]Why are they frightened of using them? DirtyHarry
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11:31am Wed 10 Oct 12

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

its about time they had powers to evict skank housing tenants Quicker,
its about time they had powers to evict skank housing tenants Quicker, ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 2

12:20pm Wed 10 Oct 12

2 for 5p says...

Quote:

“Then the council is left to pay when the eviction happens and there are more useful things we could be spending our council tax on.”

Yes well if you had more council owned permanant sites you wouldn't have to pay for eviction.
What do you want your cake and eat it.
Quote: “Then the council is left to pay when the eviction happens and there are more useful things we could be spending our council tax on.” Yes well if you had more council owned permanant sites you wouldn't have to pay for eviction. What do you want your cake and eat it. 2 for 5p
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12:31pm Wed 10 Oct 12

midas says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Quote: “Then the council is left to pay when the eviction happens and there are more useful things we could be spending our council tax on.” Yes well if you had more council owned permanant sites you wouldn't have to pay for eviction. What do you want your cake and eat it.
Who pays County Council or Local Council? From the reports I read in the paper it would appear its the County Council that evict them and the Local Council that pays for the clear up!
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Quote: “Then the council is left to pay when the eviction happens and there are more useful things we could be spending our council tax on.” Yes well if you had more council owned permanant sites you wouldn't have to pay for eviction. What do you want your cake and eat it.[/p][/quote]Who pays County Council or Local Council? From the reports I read in the paper it would appear its the County Council that evict them and the Local Council that pays for the clear up! midas
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1:39pm Wed 10 Oct 12

fabinribblevalley says...

The authorities may think that but we know better, these vermin are above the law and I believe the police are frightened of them
The authorities may think that but we know better, these vermin are above the law and I believe the police are frightened of them fabinribblevalley
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4:48pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Twicki1 says...

Why do we need new powers, you shouldn't be there it's not your land private or public so clear off. Simple or am I missing something???????????
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Why do we need new powers, you shouldn't be there it's not your land private or public so clear off. Simple or am I missing something??????????? ? Twicki1
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8:39pm Wed 10 Oct 12

isitrightthat says...

Great news. I don't know how these tax dodgers get away with it in the first place .
Great news. I don't know how these tax dodgers get away with it in the first place . isitrightthat
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6:38am Thu 11 Oct 12

AnthonyUK says...

I am glad these people are being clamped down on because they ruin everywhere they go,give everyone a hard time and create a mess. And they should be removed from land with mega brute force and deported back to ireland immediately afterward without interference/do gooders/human rights lawyers etc overruling the govt and councils.
I am glad these people are being clamped down on because they ruin everywhere they go,give everyone a hard time and create a mess. And they should be removed from land with mega brute force and deported back to ireland immediately afterward without interference/do gooders/human rights lawyers etc overruling the govt and councils. AnthonyUK
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