Thursday 29th June

Following reports from residents about illegal trespassing by travellers on Chaddesden Park, our Legal Services team issued a Notice to Quit at 1.30pm today, accompanied by officers from Derbyshire Constabulary. The notice requires the travellers to vacate the site immediately.

Should they fail to comply with the notice, our Legal Services team will issue court proceedings to seek to gain possession of the land via a County Court process on Friday morning (30th June).

Friday 30th June

Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, Cllr Afzal, comments:

“The council has to operate within the legal framework available to move the travellers on and the council’s legal team are currently engaged in this process. In the meantime we will be liaising with the police to respond to any community concerns and Streetpride will investigate the site to manage any waste issues.”

Today the Council issued a claim at the County Court seeking immediate possession of the land. The Court has listed this hearing for Thursday 6th July. Notice of that hearing was served on the illegal occupiers this afternoon at 2.00pm.

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Monday 3rd July

Derbyshire Police Issue following statement:

We have used powers under section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act to evict a group of travellers from Chaddesden Park this afternoon.Officers gathering at Chaddesden Park

We can take this action when encampments are significantly impacting upon the local community, where damage or anti-social behaviour is taking place or where there are a large number of vehicles on the site.

Superintendent Tracy Harrison said: “In this case, we have monitored the site in recent days and we have become concerned about damage being done to the land, including the depositing of glass and human waste.

“This is not acceptable and so we have removed the group from the park.”

 

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Last Updated: 4.29pm, Monday 3rd July