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Burton and Uttoxeter’s MP welcomes Government review of powers to deal with illegal traveller sites


Monday 16th April 2018 (Andrew Griffiths)
Burton and Uttoxeter’s MP welcomes Government review of powers to deal with illegal traveller sites

Burton and Uttoxeter’s Member of Parliament, Andrew Griffiths, has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it is reviewing the powers to deal with unauthorised traveller encampments. The Government has launched a consultation into the powers that local councils, the police and landowners have to see what more can be done to deal with these sites efficiently.

Welcoming the move, Burton MP Andrew Griffiths said: “I know from having reported a number of illegal traveller sites across the constituency on behalf of residents that they can be very concerning to communities, particularly where anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping is concerned.

“This consultation will help the Government to see if there is anything more that can be done to strengthen the powers the police, councils and landowners have to deal with any illegal sites.”

Government figures show that approximately 16% of all caravans, around 3,700, are on unauthorised sites.

Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP said: “The vast majority of the travelling community are decent and law-abiding people.  But, we are particularly concerned about illegal traveller encampments, and some of the anti-social behaviour they can give rise to. We must promote a tolerant society and make sure there are legal sites available for travellers, but equally the rule of law must be applied to everyone.”

The consultation is open for people to submit their views until 15th June, and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/powers-for-dealing-with-unauthorised-development-and-encampments.

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