Report unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller encampments

There is a consistent, county wide approach to managing Unauthorised Encampments within Warwickshire. This approach aims to ensure that the local communities and the travelling communities are treated fairly.

An unauthorised encampment is a site where Gypsy and Traveller, camp on land they do not own and do not have permission to use.

Unauthorised encampment in my area ?

  • If the encampment is already listed below, your report will be deleted automatically
  • We are unable to take reports over the phone
  • We cannot discuss any details regarding any specific encampment. We cannot return calls relating to an encampment.

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to accept reports of homelessness, rough sleepers, individuals sleeping and tents, temporary structures or any similar issue. For further assistance, please visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/homelessness

Existing unauthorised encampments

Next steps

  • We will need to identify the owner of the land. If an unauthorised encampment is on Warwickshire County Council or Highway land, one of our officers would go out to visit the encampment to obtain basic information.
  • Based on the information given by the Gypsy and Traveller, and in consultation with other agencies, a decision will be made as to whether the encampment should be allowed to remain for an agreed period and whether to take legal action.
  • Legal action may be taken using the below legislation:
    S.77 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
    Part 55 Civil Possession Rules
  • Typically, due to very busy court schedules throughout Warwickshire, it takes 2 weeks from commencing formal action through securing a court date and a group moving.
  • Responsibility for cleansing and fly tipping removal from a site lies with private landowners, District or Boroughs, or Highways and not Warwickshire County Council.

Unauthorised encampments will not be tolerated where:

  • The occupants are known to have previously disregarded the site rules within the county;
  • The encampment is creating a hazard to road safety;
  • There is a danger to public or personal safety or the environment;
  • The encampment is creating an intolerable impact on the employment, use or habitation of adjoining or nearby property;
  • The encampment is too large for its location;
  • The land is needed for use by the Lead Authority or the general public;
  • There has been advice from the Police which suggests that alleged criminal activity is taking place.

Report unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller encampments was last updated on September 11, 2018.


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