Old problem, new solution: local councils look to preserve their green spaces from incursion and illegal fly tipping – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted August 22nd, 2017 in commons, gipsies, injunctions, local government, news, waste by sally

‘There are few local authorities in the country that haven’t experienced the enormous difficulties inherent in people setting up camp illegally in local parks and green spaces with their mobile homes and caravans, horses and dogs then leaving the area (voluntarily or otherwise) and landing the authority with an expensive bill for cleaning up.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 26th July 2017

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Council appeals £150k fine imposed over publication of sensitive data – Local Government Lawyer

‘Basildon Council has confirmed it is to appeal the imposition by the Information Commissioner of a £150,000 monetary penalty for publishing sensitive personal information about a family in planning application documents that were made publicly available online.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th June 2017

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Councils win 3-year extension to district-wide ban on unauthorised encampments – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 16th, 2017 in gipsies, injunctions, local government, news by tracey

‘Harlow Borough Council and Essex County Council have secured a three-year extension to an injunction which bans Travellers from setting up unauthorised encampments across Harlow.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th June 2017

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Harlow traveller ban extended for three years – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2017 in gipsies, injunctions, news, planning by sally

‘An injunction banning travellers from setting up unauthorised camps in Harlow has been extended for three years.’

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BBC News, 14th June 2017

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Council fined £150k for publishing sensitive data in online planning documents – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 1st, 2017 in data protection, fines, gipsies, internet, local government, news, planning, privacy by sally

‘Basildon Borough Council has been fined £150,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for publishing sensitive personal information about a family in planning application documents that were made publicly available online.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st May 2017

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Castlemorton Common: The rave that changed the law – BBC News

Posted May 30th, 2017 in gipsies, news, public order by sally

‘On a hot bank holiday weekend 25 years ago, 20,000 people descended on land in the shadow of the Malvern Hills. The word was spread by an answering machine message: “Right, listen up revellers. It’s happening now and for the rest of the weekend, so get yourself out of the house and on to Castlemorton Common… Be there, all weekend, hardcore.”‘

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BBC News, 28th May 2017

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Judge quashes grant of planning permission for residential gypsy site – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 2nd, 2017 in gipsies, local government, news, planning, tribunals, Wales by sally

‘A Deputy High Court judge has quashed a Welsh council’s grant of temporary planning permission for the use of land as a residential gypsy site.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd May 2017

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A Local Authority v D and others [2016] EWHC 1438 (Fam) – WLR Daily

A Local Authority v D and others [2016] EWHC 1438 (Fam)

‘The applicant local authority applied, pursuant to paragraph 6(3) of Schedule 3 to the Children Act 1989, for a six-month extension of a supervision order made in its favour under section 31 of the 1989 Act in respect of three children from the travelling community. The application was dated the day that the original order expired but was not issued until the following day.’

WLR Daily, 1st July 2016

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Regina (Cooper) v Ashford Borough Council – WLR daily

Posted June 30th, 2016 in environmental protection, gipsies, law reports, local government, planning by tracey

Regina (Cooper) v Ashford Borough Council: [2016] EWHC 1525 (Admin)

‘The claimant sought judicial review of the grant of planning permission by the local planning authority for four gipsy pitches and associated development at a site, on the ground, inter alia, that the local authority had erred in failing to have regard to a material consideration, namely that the grant of permission would set a precedent for the development of further gipsy and traveller sites causing cumulative harm to the semi-natural ancient woodland in the area.’

WLR Daily, 24th June 2016

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Judge quashes planning permission for gypsy caravan development – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in gipsies, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A Deputy High Court judge has quashed a council’s grant of planning permission for a change of use of land from grazing to residential for a gypsy caravan and a touring caravan.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd June 2016

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Court of Appeal backs decision to clear Green Belt land of Romany Gypsy caravans – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 12th, 2016 in appeals, gipsies, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected a judicial review challenge to the decision of a local authority to use its planning enforcement powers to clear agricultural land in the Green Belt of caravans occupied by Romany Gypsies.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th May 2016

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Joe Marler: World Rugby bans prop for ‘Gypsy boy’ comment at Samson Lee – BBC News

Posted April 6th, 2016 in disciplinary procedures, gipsies, news, racism, sport by tracey

‘England prop Joe Marler has been banned for two matches and fined £20,000 for calling Wales forward Samson Lee “Gypsy boy”.’

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BBC News, 5th April 2016

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Discriminating against Gypsies and Travellers is ‘common across Britain’, report finds – The Independent

Posted March 9th, 2016 in gipsies, news, race discrimination, reports by tracey

‘Discrimination against Gypsies and Travellers by the public, the police and other authorities is “common across Britain”, according to a damning report by the UK’s human rights watchdog which warns the groups are among several being “locked out” by society.’

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The Independent, 8th March 2016

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Traveller gang found guilty of £60 million rhino horn thefts – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 1st, 2016 in artistic works, gangs, gipsies, news, theft by sally

‘Dubbed the ‘Dead Zoo Gang’, the thieves targeted museums across the country stealing rhino horns and Chinese artefacts worth tens of millions of pounds.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th February 2016

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Traveller Movement condemns Met Police inquiry into racism as ‘a whitewash’ – The Independent

Posted January 11th, 2016 in appeals, complaints, gipsies, inquiries, internet, news, ombudsmen, police, racism by tracey

‘The Metropolitan Police is examining whether its staff need to change the way they engage with members of the two ethnic minority groups, despite its official investigation into the racism claims concluding without any officers being formally disciplined or charged.’

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The Independent, 9th January 2016

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Borough council uses ASB and planning laws to secure traveller injunction – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 18th, 2015 in gipsies, injunctions, local government, news, planning by tracey

‘Blackpool Council has secured a High Court injunction – pursuant to Section 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 and Section 187B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 – stopping 13 named travellers from setting up unauthorised encampments in the borough. The council said it was believed to be the first time in the country that a local authority had used the 2014 Act along with Section 187B of the TCPA to secure an injunction against illegal travellers.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th December 2015

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Settled Gypsies could be forced back on to the road by new planning laws – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2015 in equality, gipsies, news, planning by sally

‘Gypsies and Travellers across Britain will be driven off sites they have made their home by new planning laws requiring them to prove that they are still itinerant. The move could cause a large increase in the number of unauthorised roadside camps, and force many families – including the infirm and those with children in school – on to the road against their will.’

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The Independent, 19th September 2015

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Judge quashes decision by Pickles refusing permission for gypsy site – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 26th, 2015 in gipsies, inquiries, ministers' powers and duties, news, planning by sally

‘A High Court judge has quashed a decision by the former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to refuse planning permission for a site where a gypsy and his family have lived since 2008.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th August 2015

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Ofcom clears Top Gear over ‘pikey’ pun – BBC News

Posted July 28th, 2015 in BBC, complaints, gipsies, media, news by sally

‘Ofcom has backed a BBC Trust decision not to censure the BBC over using the word “pikey” in an edition of Top Gear.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2015

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Travellers in legal victory against JD Wetherspoon after delegates denied pub entry – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 19th, 2015 in damages, gipsies, licensed premises, news, racism by sally

‘Lawyers successfully argue that group of 15 people were discriminated against when they were denied entry to The Coronet pub.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th May 2015

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