Derbyshire Dales District Council carried out an eviction of Travellers camped on the Matlock Station Car Park on Wednesday 26 May.
Following a successful application for a Court Order under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 on Monday 24 May, Council officers carried out an eviction of the Travellers. The Order applied only to those Travellers who did not form part of the homeless families also on the site, as, under the terms of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, the Council has a continuing duty to ‘house’ them until a permanent site is available.
A council spokesperson said
“The eviction was carried out peacefully, with a number of the Travellers having left in advance of the eviction itself. The remainder left during the day, under the supervision of Council officers, supported by bailiffs.
“As always on these occasions, the Council also safeguarded vulnerable sites around the district during the eviction, in order to prevent further encampments from being established.
“Evictions like this are a whole team effort and involve work from many sections of the Council as well as support from bailiffs and the police and thanks are due to all involved.”
More information about how the Council deals with unauthorised encampments is available at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/Travellers