Council applies for city wide injunction to prevent encampments

Leeds City Council is applying for a wide ranging injunction to prevent travellers from setting up unlawful encampments on key environmentally sensitive areas of land across the city. The council has identified six sites across the city that the application will cover.

The sites that have been identified are: Roundhay Park and Soldiers Field, Holbeck Moor, Wykebeck Valley, The John Charles Centre for Sport, Gassy Field at Armley Gyratory and land around Kirkstall Abbey.

The council has submitted papers to the court this week and if successful, the injunction should forbid trespass on these areas of land.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“We have looked at all our options very carefully when considering submitting this injunction. All of these sites have suffered due to unlawful encampments in the past. The encampments tend to cause disruptions to local people and incur a cost to the council with the tidying up and court fees associated with moving people on.“

“We have already had success with toleration agreements and injunctions against individuals set up against certain groups or individuals, but we want a more robust solution to tackling unlawful encampments in these very visible and well used locations.

“If we are successful with obtaining the injunction we will send a clear message that unlawful encampments will not be tolerated.”

For media enquiries, please contact:

Phil Morcom, Leeds City Council press office Tel: 0113 394 3602

Email: philip.morcom@leeds.gov.uk