In­junc­tion sees trav­ellers get ban from 3 more parks in city

MOVE MEANS EIGHT BEAUTY SPOTS NOW HAVE LE­GAL PRO­TEC­TION

Solihull News - - FLICKR - JANE HAYES jane. [email protected] reach­plc. com

BIRM­ING­HAM City coun­cil chiefs have se­cured a High Court in­junc­tion ban­ning trav­eller camps from three more city parks.

Ex­tra pro­tec­tion is now in place at Sare­hole Mill and Chinnbrook Re­cre­ation Ground, in Hall Green, and the Dell off Man­ning­ford Road, Druids Heath.

The move means eight parks now have le­gal pro­tec­tion that makes it eas­ier for po­lice and coun­cil of­fi­cials to get rid of trav­ellers who set up camp.

The other five are Selly Oak Park, Selly Park Recre­ational Ground, Hazel­well Park in Stirch­ley, Perry Park and Alexan­der Sta­dium in Perry Barr and Swan­shurst Park in Kings Heath.

Coun Lou Robson, who rep­re­sents Hall Green North, wel­comed the news.

“We have ex­pe­ri­enced re­peated prob­lems at parks across the city,” she said.

“This gives the coun­cil and po­lice more power to act quickly to move on trav­ellers. “It’s very good news for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties who have been press­ing for ac­tion for some time.”

Hun­dreds of peo­ple signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing for ac­tion to thwart trav­ellers from set­ting up base at the beauty spots.

Sare­hole Mill, famed for its links to JRR Tolkein, writer of The Hob­bit and Lord of the Rings, was hit by a se­ries of unau­tho­rised camps at Shire Coun­try Park in the sum­mer.

At one point dozens of car­a­vans were camped on the fields next to the his­toric wa­ter mill, trig­ger­ing com­plaints of noise, nui­sance and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour. In July tragedy struck at one of the camps when a 19- month- old tod­dler was hit by a van and killed.

A spokesman said: “High Court in­junc­tions are a tool avail­able to us to pre­vent anti- so­cial be­hav­iour and fly­tip­ping as­so­ci­ated with unau­tho­rised en­camp­ments.

“We work closely with West Mid­lands Po­lice on this mat­ter and last year we suc­cess­fully gained two High Court in­junc­tions cov­er­ing five city parks – ban­ning any­one from set­ting up il­le­gal camps un­til July 2019.”

Breaches of the or­ders can re­sult in ar­rests, charges for con­tempt of court, fines, as­sets seized and even im­pris­on­ment.

A trav­ellers’ camp at Sare­hole Mill

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