A Removal Order has been granted enabling the council to move on travellers who have set up camp in a Borehamwood park.
St Albans Magistrates Court approved the order at a hearing today, enabling Environmental Health officers to take action to enforce the order at the encampment at Ripon Park as soon as possible.
A group of travellers that had briefly relocated to Newberries car park in Radlett on Tuesday (11 September) then moved voluntarily on to Ripon Park where they joined a separate group of seven travellers' caravans already on the site.
In total, there are now 21 caravans and 27 other vehicles on Ripon Park.
A number of measures are being considered to deal with the traveller incursions the borough has been experiencing over the summer months, including borough-wide orders, though these are likely to be complex legally.
Councillor Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, said: “Where practical, measures have been taken to protect our parks, though these are open spaces available for everyone’s enjoyment and therefore due consideration has to be given to the potential loss of public amenity.
“Other boroughs, both within Hertfordshire and across the country, have faced a similar situation when planning their response to traveller incursions.
“We are continuing to look at all the options available to us with limited resources and within the parameters of the law, including borough-wide measures to prevent unauthorised encampments.”
Posted on Tuesday 11th September 2018