Unauthorised encampments

Nomadic life is not illegal, and Gypsy, Roma, travellers have a basic right to this way of life. It's the aim of Elmbridge Borough Council to ensure all its residents, whether living in settled or transitory communities, are treated equally and with respect. We also recognise that this has to be balanced with the rights of the general public to enjoy private and public land.

Unauthorised encampments 

We are obliged to manage unauthorised encampments within the Borough on Council owned land. It is not always possible to stop all access to Council owned land and from time to time unauthorised encampments are established.

The Council and Surrey Police have agreed a protocol so that policy and clear lines of responsibility are in place.
This protocol sets out the overall approach in Elmbridge by Elmbridge Borough Council.

Management of Unauthorised Gypsy, Roma, Traveller (GRT) Encampments

Information on anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour takes in a range of nuisances, disorder and crimes which affects people’s lives on a daily basis. The Home Office describes anti-social behaviour as, ‘any aggressive, intimidating or destructive activity that damages or destroys another person’s quality of life’.

Report anti-social behaviour associated with an unauthorised encampment

Information on reported encampments 

Tuesday 17 April 2018 - Walton Park Car Park, Hersham.

The Council has been granted a hearing date for 24 April 2018, by Guildford Magistrates Court who will hear the Council’s application for an order for removal of persons and their vehicles unlawfully on land at Walton Park Car Park.

  • Following a successful application, the travellers will be served with a removal order which will authorise the Council (and agents contracted on the Council’s behalf) to remove them from the land.

  • Should the travellers decide not to leave voluntarily, action will be taken to remove the travellers from the land as soon as possible.

  • Further information will be available after the hearing.

  • A full clear up of the site will be scheduled for as soon as the site is secured.

  • Surrey Police have been made aware of the encampment and will be monitoring regularly.   


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