Unauthorised encampments

Unauthorised encampments

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 and Traveller 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 

17 August 2017
Molesey Recreation Ground, Walton Road

Following a report of an  unauthorised encampment at Molesey Recreation Ground, Walton Road on 16 August 2017 , the Council’s Gypsy/Traveller Liaison Officer will shortly be carrying out an assessment required under the legal protocol for dealing with unauthorised gypsy/traveller sites.

  • The Council will then assess whether to serve them with a Notice of Direction to leave under Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

  • If they do not leave in compliance with this Notice,  the Council will seek a removal order from the Magistrates Court.

  • Further updates will be available once the assessment has been completed. 


Find out about permanent gypsy/traveller sites in Surrey

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