Published Friday, 16th November 2018
Council statement on High Court injunction
On Wednesday 7 November Sutton Council was successful at the High Court in securing a three year injunction forbidding persons unknown from setting up an encampment, entering and/or occupying any of over 500 identified sites or to bring any caravans, mobile homes or vehicles onto those same sites. It also forbids persons unknown from depositing waste or fly tipping on those sites.
Welcoming the news Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said: "We have been working hard to make sure our parks and open spaces have been kept clean and clear for all our residents and visitors to enjoy. To help us do this we sought extra powers from the courts to allow us to deal with unauthorised encampments as quickly and safely as possible. I'm pleased to see the courts accepted our evidence and argument and granted us the powers we need.
"We will of course always undertake the necessary welfare checks before we move any groups on, but we will now be able to do this without having to go to the courts beforehand.
"I am confident these new ways of working will help us ensure our borough remains the safe and green borough we are all rightly proud to call home. In the meantime I want to thank residents again for their patience whilst we addressed this issue."