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Unauthorised Encampments of Gypsies and Travellers in Hampshire
Response received from Baroness Andrews MP
Letter sent from the Chairman of the Association to Yvette Cooper MP on 25 July 2005
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Government Association (HIOW) represents all
the principal councils (County, Unitary and District) in Hampshire and the Isle
of Wight. The Local Associations of Parish and Town Councils are also members.
the Annual Meeting of the Hampshire
and Isle of Wight Local Government Association, Members expressed concern that
unauthorised encampments in Hampshire continue to be placed before the civil
court to secure vacant possession. Members are aware that local authorities
under certain circumstances, may use their powers under Section 77 of the
Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. The Police also have powers under Section
61 and Section 62 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. However, it is
felt that although these powers make it a criminal offence to ignore a lawful
direction to vacate land, there is no over-arching criminal offence of public
trespass similar to recent legislation enacted in Southern Ireland.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Government Association feels that should
legislation criminalising the offence of public trespass be enacted, this would
assist local authorities and the Police to re-gain vacant possession of land
quickly after investigations regarding health, welfare and duties incumbent upon
the local authorities and Police to discharge. It is felt that by criminalising
trespass this would assist local authorities and the Police in obtaining vacant
possession to landowners both in the public and private sector.
the Minister of State, I would welcome your comments on this matter.
Last update: 04/08/2008