AN INJUNCTION has been granted for Bromsgrove’s Buntsford Drive and Gate in a bid to protect the land from travellers.
It was taken out by the owners of the property which is next to the site and comes after years of problems with illegal and unauthorised camps which were thought to have led to increases in criminal damage, anti-social and threatening behaviour.
The injunction now makes it an offence for any person to place a caravan on the land – it is believed to be the first type of injunction sought in the country to tackle this type of issue.
Owners Doug and Malcolm Clark, who have been in business in Bromsgrove formore than 30 years, said: “This land has been subject to regular incursions by travellers over the years and caused us untold distress and financial damage.
“We also know our neighbours have been particularly affected and hope at last we can all have some peace and quiet.”
Daniel Gibbin from Family Defence Law Ltd, which sought the injunction, added it was an innovative use of the law and one he felt would be of interest to landowners across the country who had suffered the same damage and destruction from traveller camps.
Sgt Richard Field, from Bromsgrove Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We have been delighted to offer our support as we know this has been an ongoing problem for this site and adjacent businesses.”
He added business crime was a priority for West Mercia Police and he hoped businesses would be reassured by the action taken and the support provided by the police.
Coun Kit Taylor, who is responsible for planning and housing, said: “In Bromsgrove we have suffered quite a number of unauthorised encampments and this move not only means our residents will be better protected, it reiterates that we will not tolerate illegal occupancy of land, anywhere.
“I am delighted at this outcome which is a good example of the council, Police and other agencies.”