Green Space borough-wide preventative injunctions: the view from the Court of Appeal – Local Government Lawyer

‘Steven Woolf examines the Court of Appeal’s recent decision and guidance on Green Space borough-wide preventative injunctions.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th February 2020

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Property Newsletter: January 2020 – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 6th, 2020 in chambers articles, injunctions, landlord & tenant, news, travellers by sally

‘In this month’s newsletter Daniel Gatty considers airspace, subsoil and rights of first refusal, in an article in part taken from his recent book, A Practical Guide to Rights over Airspace and Subsoil, available to purchase: here.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, January 2020

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Landmark Court of Appeal judgment criticises the use of wide injunctions which target Gypsy and Traveller encampments – Garden Court Chambers

Posted January 30th, 2020 in housing, injunctions, local government, minorities, news, travellers by sally

‘The Court of Appeal handed down a very significant judgment, dismissing an appeal by Bromley Council against the High Court’s decision to refuse the Council’s application for an injunction against “persons unknown” stopping on public land in the Borough.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 21st January 2020

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Green Space Borough-Wide Preventative Injunctions: The Final Stage? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted January 28th, 2020 in housing, injunctions, local government, minorities, news, travellers by sally

‘Steven Woolf examines the decision in London Borough of Bromley v Persons Unknown [2020] EWCA Civ 12.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 22nd January 2020

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Court of Appeal upholds the right to roam of Romany and Travellers – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 28th, 2020 in housing, injunctions, local government, minorities, news, travellers by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal, in The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Bromley v Persons Unknown [2020] EWCA Civ 12, has delivered a unanimous judgment reaffirming the rights of the Romany (“Gypsy”) and Traveller community to live in accordance with their traditional, nomadic way of life.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th January 2020

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Gypsies and Travellers – time for a rethink – Nearly Legal

‘Over the last few years, there has been a real growth in “all borough” injunctions against anticipated trespass by gypsies and travellers. As far as the Court of Appeal could tell, there seem to be 38 presently in force. For obvious reasons, once one authority obtains such an injunction, the pressure builds on other authorities to do likewise. Moreover, because the injunctions are usually sought against “persons unknown” there are rarely, if ever, any represented defendants.’

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Nearly Legal, 26th January 2020

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Court of Appeal rejects council bid for borough-wide injunction, issues guidance on tackling unauthorised encampments – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by the London Borough of Bromley over a High Court judge’s refusal to grant a borough-wide injunction on encampment at all accessible public spaces in the council’s area.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st January 2020

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‘Victory’ For Traveller Communities Against Blanket Council Bans – Each Other

‘Local authorities who attempt to ban Travellers and Gypsies from vast swathes of public land risk breaching their “enshrined freedom” to roam the country, a court has ruled.’

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Each Other, 21st January 2020

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Councils Appeal High Court Ruling On Traveller Ban – Rights Info

‘The Court of Appeal has heard a landmark case which could have wide-ranging implications on whether local authorities can use injunctions to place a blanket ban on Travellers camping on public land.’

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Rights Info, 4th December 2019

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Ripping the heart out of the Nomad Nation – Garden Court Chambers

Posted November 19th, 2019 in consultations, human rights, local government, news, police, travellers, trespass by sally

‘On 5 November 2019 the Home Office announced a consultation Strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments. This consultation follows an earlier consultation issued by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in April 2018 on the effectiveness of enforcement against unauthorised developments and encampments (see the MHCLG report in February 2019 following the consultation).’

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Garden Court Chambers, 18th November 2019

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London council to take battle over borough-wide injunction and camping on open spaces to Court of Appeal next month – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 19th, 2019 in appeals, injunctions, local government, news, travellers by sally

‘The Court of Appeal will next month (3 December) hear an appeal by Bromley Council over the High Court’s refusal to extend an interim injunction prohibiting camping on 171 open spaces and car parks in the borough.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th November 2019

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Police oppose Traveller and Gypsy camp crackdown, FOI shows – The Guardian

Posted November 14th, 2019 in consultations, equality, human rights, news, police, travellers, trespass by tracey

‘Proposals to criminalise unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller encampments fly in the face of police recommendations to make more sites available to best tackle the situation, it has been revealed.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2019

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Government consults on new police powers to criminalise unauthorised encampments – Home Office

‘The government will launch a consultation on proposals to give police new powers to arrest and seize the property and vehicles of trespassers who set up unauthorised caravan sites.’

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Home Office, 3rd November 2019

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Travellers: Home Office ‘Criminalising Families With Nowhere To Go’ – Charities – Rights Info

Posted November 6th, 2019 in news, police, public order, travellers, trespass by sally

‘Travellers’ and Gypsies’ ancient way of life is under threat from “inhumane” proposals to criminalise unauthorised encampments, charities have warned.’

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Rights Info, 5th November 2019

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GP surgeries deny care to vulnerable people without ID documents – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2019 in doctors, health, homelessness, identification, medical treatment, news, travellers by tracey

‘Many practices are refusing to take new patients without checks that breach NHS rules.’

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The Guardian, 24th September 2019

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Allocation Policy – Local Government Law

Posted April 25th, 2019 in equality, housing, local government, news, race discrimination, refugees, travellers by tracey

‘In conjoined appeals, (2019) EWCA Civ 692, R (Gullu) v Hillingdon LBC and R (Ward) v Hillingdon LBC, the Court of Appeal considered the lawfulness of Hillingdon’s housing allocation policy. The policy prioritised people who had been resident in the local area for 10 years. That was found to discriminate indirectly against protected groups.’

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Local Government Law, 23rd April 2019

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But, it’s a long, long while … – Nearly Legal

Posted April 23rd, 2019 in equality, judicial review, local government, news, travellers by sally

‘The Court of Appeal reviewed Hillingdon’s Equality Impact Assessments, both when introducing the policy in 2013, and when amending it in 2016 (this latter being after Mr Gullu had begun his judicial review). On neither occasion was there any consideration of Travellers or refugees (or indeed Non UK nationals).’

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Nearly Legal, 22nd April 2019

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London borough secures temporary injunction prohibiting illegal encampments at 350+ sites – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 10th, 2019 in injunctions, local government, London, news, travellers, waste by sally

‘Hillingdon Council has secured a High Court injunction until 18 June that prohibits illegal encampments on more than 350 sites across the borough.’

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Local Government Lawyer, April 2019

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Gypsy community ‘failed by government’ says report – The Guardian

Posted April 5th, 2019 in education, equality, health, minorities, news, select committees, travellers by tracey

‘The Commons women and equalities committee said Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities had the worst outcomes of any ethnic group across a huge range of areas, including education, health, employment, criminal justice and hate crime, but little was being done to tackle longstanding inequalities.’

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The Guardian, 5th April 2019

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Home Secretary unveils legislative changes to tackle unauthorised encampments – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 8th, 2019 in criminal justice, news, police, public order, travellers, trespass by sally

‘The Home Secretary has announced a series of legislative amendments aimed at improving the effectiveness of enforcement against unauthorised traveller encampments.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th February 2019

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