Illegal Encampments In Milton Keynes

26 September 2018, 08:10 | Updated: 26 September 2018, 08:11

Travellers site

The highest number of unauthorised encampments at any one time was seven and there are currently three in MK.

In the fight to stop illegal traveller sites popping up across Milton Keynes, the council have now identified exactly where defence barriers like concrete blocks, gates and trenches will be put in. 

Since the start of the year 145 notices have been served on encampments by the council and its partners. Around three quarters of these were served on the same group who moved from one encampment to another. 
 
The highest number of unauthorised encampments at any one time was seven and there are currently three in MK.
 
Thirty sites have been identified for the defences. The list below are sites of the 'highest priority' - due to their close proximity to things like schools and play fields - and will receive the treatment first:
 
- Foxcovert Lane in Shenley Wood
- Peverel Drive in Granby
- Standing Way in Bletchley
- Tattenhoe Lane in Bletchley
- Bilbrook Lane in Furzton
- Child's Way in Oxley Park
- Shelsley Avenue in Ashland
- Calverton Road in Stony Stratford 

Some have multiple defence works planned. Large concrete blocks have already been put in place at Pendeen Crescent in Snelshall.
 
Council Leader Pete Marland said "145 eviction notices have been served to evict unauthorised encampments since January and the vast majority moved on quickly. We use every power at our disposal. We won't stand for encampments in places where citizens will be negatively affected. 

"In the longer term we're looking at finding sites where encampments can reside legally with minimal impact on local residents but this won't happen overnight. Until then, we'll continue to invest in prevention measures and to clean up sites once encampments have moved on."