New powers granted to the council to tackle unauthorised traveller encampments have been used for the first time.
Staff from our Environmental Health team used a new injunction to clear three caravans and three other vehicles from the car park behind the Civic Offices in Elstree Way, Borehamwood shortly before 5pm this evening (Wednesday, 21 November).
Police were also in attendance and the travellers had left the site within 30 minutes of arriving.
The injunction, granted by the High Court of Justice on Thursday, 1 November, lasts for three months in the first instance and bans any encampment on 95 sites within Hertsmere, including public parks, car parks and green spaces, unless planning permission has been obtained from the council or granted by a Planning Inspector.
As well as covering residential uses, the injunction also bans the disposal of waste on all 95 sites.
Objections can be raised during this three-month period and once this ends, the council will apply to have the injunction extended for five years.
Posted on Wednesday 21st November 2018