‘Let People Break The Law, Because It’s Cheaper!’

The cost to the taxpayer of council measures to evict travellers has nearly doubled in three years.

Council leader John Beesley told a meeting on Tuesday that the cost of taking legal, preventative and enforcement action had increased from £87,000 in 2012 to £158,000 in 2014, with a similar expenditure expected this year.

He said the cost was justified as the law presented the town with “no alternative”.

And the poor beleaguered townsfolk probably think it’s cheap at twice the price…

However, Adnan Chaudry, chief officer of the Dorset Race Equality Council, has said the council could save money by taking a “tolerant approach” towards unauthorised encampments.

OK, Adnan, shall we start with your back garden? How many do you think you can accommodate?

Cllr Beesley told councillors the council was proud of its tough stance.

“Since 2012 Bournemouth council has adopted an increasingly intolerant approach in our response to unauthorised encampments,” he said at the meeting.

“We have invested heavily in preventative measures and have adopted a much more proactive policy to the management of all unauthorised encampments.”

He said the authority had been working on improvements to land “defences” including shielded locks, posts, gates and other barriers, and height barriers in car parks, while also posting security in King’s Park throughout the summer season.

Also, he said, the council would escalate a court possession order to a high court writ to speed up eviction if required.

I wonder if they can do it as fast as Barking and Dagenham..?

He added: “The legislation doesn’t help us, particularly the Human Rights Act, the sooner that is dealt with the better.”


5 comments for “‘Let People Break The Law, Because It’s Cheaper!’

  1. Behind the veil
    August 6, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Or they could adopt the very cost effective method used by a farmer near me once took when they piled on to his field and began setting up shop.

    He turned up with his JCB, told them he was digging an eight foot trench in thirty minutes and it was their choice which side of the trench they wanted to be on. Those wagons rolled very quickly.

    • August 9, 2015 at 7:41 am

      Sadly, not an option in most of the places they pitch up.

  2. Errol
    August 7, 2015 at 7:11 am

    I find it ironic that they call themselves ‘travellers’ yet always seem to want to stop. If they do so, slap them with every tax Brown invented: business rates, council tax (backdated), ground rent – the works.

    When they leave litter and rubbish behind, have all councils communicate the fact and arrest them for fly tipping.

    • August 9, 2015 at 7:42 am

      Someone suggested using ANPR, but would the vehicles actually have non false number plates?

  3. August 7, 2015 at 8:39 am

    The difficulty with travellers is that the police are more likely to arrest locals rather than the travellers as they have rights and the locals are in the eyes of the politically correct police, simply being racist.

    I don’t think it’s racist to object to people shitting in bags and then throwing them over the garden wall.

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